Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander has been appointed to hear the two lawsuits filed against the state over the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. The five judges of the 27th circuit recused themselves because of links with Virginia Tech officials named in the suit, reports The Roanoke Times.
The lawsuits on behalf of families of two Virginia Tech shooting victims claim that university officials improperly handled gunman Seung-Hui Cho’s apparent mental illness prior to the incident and failed to respond appropriately once the shootings started on April 16, 2007.
Plaintiffs’ lawyer Robert T. Hall initially filed the two lawsuits in Fairfax County Circuit Court on the second anniversary of the shootings. They were transferred in June to Montgomery County, where Virginia Tech is located. Each family seeks $10 million in damages.
There is no hearing yet scheduled, according to the clerk’s office.
By Peter Vieth