Defense rests in Virginia Tech trial

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - The state rested Tuesday after witnesses in a wrongful death lawsuit testified that Virginia Tech officials acted properly on April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32 on the Blacksburg campus and then himself.

Circuit Judge William Alexander later adjourned the trial for the day and told jurors to return to court Wednesday to hear closing arguments and to begin their deliberations.

Attorneys for the state, the lone defendant in the civil trial, presented only a fraction of the 50 potential witnesses they had listed in court filings. Lawyers for the parents of two students slain in the attacks planned to present a rebuttal witness.


The defense called to the stand Virginia Tech officials, police, and experts on campus security who agreed that Tech police and school administrators did the right thing when they concluded the first two shootings were domestic and isolated. As a result, they delayed alerting students and faculty because they believed the gunman did not pose a threat to the wider campus.