After weeks of dueling motions, Judge William Alexander is expected next week to reduce multimillion-dollar jury awards brought against the state for Virginia Tech's handling of the April 16, 2007, shootings.
At a telephonic hearing held Monday, Alexander asked plaintiffs' attorney Bob Hall to prepare an order reducing the awards assessed by a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury from $4 million per plaintiff to the $100,000 each allowed under state law. Alexander is expected to sign the order reducing the awards sometime next week.
The case will not conclude at that point, though.
On Monday, the judge also set a hearing for 11 a.m. on June 22 in Rocky Mount to consider a defense motion to set aside the jury's verdict entirely.