Va. Supreme Court Overturns Virginia Tech Wrongful Death Suit
The Virginia Supreme Court has overturned a jury verdict in the wrongful-death suit filed against the state by the families of two students who were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.
In a decision, released Thursday, the justices wrote that “there was no duty for the Commonwealth to warn students about the potential for criminal acts” by student and gunman Seung-Hui Cho, according to the Washington Post.
Last year, jurors in Montgomery County Circuit Court ruled that the state was negligent in the deaths of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson, two of the 32 people killed by Cho on the campus. The jury panel awarded the parents of Pryde and Peterson $4 million each, which was later reduced to $100,000 per family.