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Justices to hear Va. Tech appeal aimed at Steger

Friday - 4/26/2013, 5:33pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- In a reversal, the state Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments that Virginia Tech's president should be put on trial for his actions during the April 16, 2007, campus massacre.

Attorneys for the families of two students who were among the 32 killed that day want President Charles Steger (STEE'-gur) to be held accountable for delaying alerting the Blacksburg campus of the first two shootings by student-gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh).

He killed himself after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The court did not explain its decision after it rejected the parents' appeal in late February. The reversal was issued Thursday.

Justices are also hearing an appeal of a negligence verdict against the state related to the Tech mass killings.

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