Va. Tech Police Chief To Testify In Shooting Trial

By Salon Staff

Published March 7, 2012 9:00AM (EST)

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — The chief of the Virginia Tech Police Department is scheduled to testify at a civil trial seeking official accountability for the April 2007 mass killings on the Blacksburg campus.

Attorneys for the parents of two students among the 33 killed nearly five years ago say they expect to call Wendell Flinchum to a courtroom in Christiansburg on Wednesday. He played a pivotal role on April 16, 2007, when a lone gunman killed 32, then himself.

The parents of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson claim in their wrongful death lawsuit that police and university officials waited too long to alert students and workers on the campus after the first two students were killed in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

University officials have defended their actions.

Salon Staff

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