Va. Tech shooting trial enters Day 2 with openings

March 6, 2012 - 4:35 AM
Virginia Tech Shootings

Defense attorney William Broaddus, left, confers with plaintiff attorney Robert Hall, right, after the first day of jury selection in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson, two Virginia Tech students killed during a campus rampage nearly five years ago, Monday, March 5, 2012 at Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg Va. Monday March 5 2012. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — The wrongful death trial brought by the parents of two Virginia Tech students slain in a campus rampage five years ago is entering its second day.

Seven jurors and two alternates are expected to be seated Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Opening statements will immediately follow the jury's selection.

The civil trial in Christiansburg is expected to closely examine the hours on the morning of April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32 on the Blacksburg campus and them himself.

At the heart of the trial is the university's response. Attorneys for the parents say Virginia Tech officials waited too long to alert the sprawling campus of 30,000-plus students and employees, allowing the body count to rise.

Virginia Tech officials say they acted appropriately.