Three Virginia Supreme Court justices will hear appeals next month in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, according to the Roanoke Times.
The hearing is set for Feb. 12 in Richmond. The three justices will determine whether the full court will consider the case. The lawsuit was filed by two families who say their daughters could have survived if the university alerted the campus earlier. The state was the only defendant taken to court.
A judge upheld a jury's negligence finding against the state in June 2012. But the damages were sharply reduced. Both the state and the plaintiffs have filed appeals. A total of 33 people died during the shooting rampage, including the gunman, who killed himself.