Fact File: Virginia Tech Shooting August 21, 2006Posted: Updated:
August 21, 2006 - On the first day of classes, Virginia Tech put on lockdown after an escaped prison inmate accused of killing a security guard is spotted on campus.
- The night before, 24-year-old William Morva allegedly fatally shot an unarmed hospital security guard, Derrick MacFarland, while escaping from the emergency room where he was being treated.
- Morva allegedly shoots 40-year-old Corporal Eric Sutphin around 7 a.m. near Huckleberry Trail. Sutphin had worked for Charlottesville and Albemarle County law enforcement for almost a decade.
- The two-day search for Morva ends in a briar patch along Huckleberry Trail in the afternoon.
- Morva is charged with numerous felonies, including capital murder.
- Morva was originally jailed awaiting trial on charges of trying to rob a Blacksburg deli. His trial was set for later in the week.
August 22, 2006 - Morva is arraigned on several charges and faces capital murder charges. He is held without bond.
- Morva's brother Michael is arrested. Police want to know how much Michael knew about his brother's actions and what role he may have played in helping his brother after the murders.
- Classes resume at Virginia Tech.
August 23, 2006 - Morva formally charged with capital murder for MacFarland's death. His brother is charged with helping him escape.
August 24, 2006 - Services held for Sutphin and MacFarland. Governor Tim Kaine attends both services.
August 29, 2006 - A prosecutor says he will ask for the death penalty against Morva.
September 22, 2006 - A Blacksburg teenager sells t-shirts in the likeness of Morva featuring the line "I escaped" on the front and "But Morva didn't" on the back.
- Caleb Rancourt, a junior at Blacksburg High School, says he's offering the shirts in tribute to law enforcement officers and donated the proceeds to the slain officers' families.
October 4, 2006 - Morva is indicted in the death of Sutphin.
- Two Roanoke city jail inmates are accused of beating Morva's brother Michael in jail.
October 17, 2006 - Morva's brother Michael faces charges for helping Morva during the manhunt.
- Prosecutors say an audio recording of the brothers made by jail authorities indicate that they planned the escape.
November 03, 2006 - Morva's capital murder charges will go to a grand jury.
- In court, a patient testifies that she saw Morva shoot MacFarland at the hospital. Police say Morva used the same gun to shoot both officers.
- A judge also certifies other charges, including felony escape.
February 24, 2007 - Morva's brother Michael is sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest to charges from an unsuccessful attempt to rob a Blacksburg Bank.
- He still faces charges for helping Morva escape from police custody.
March 29, 2007 - Morva is on trial for an attempted armed robbery at a Blacksburg deli.
- He will be tried on capital murder charges in September.
June 29, 2007 - Morva sentenced to 38 years in prison for attempted robbery.
September 17, 2007 - Jury pool selection finishes in Morva's capital murder trial. The number will be decreased to 12 in total.
- Prosecutor Brad Finch says he'll seek the death penalty for Morva.
September 20, 2007 - The judge in Morva's capital murder trial decides to move the trial out of Montgomery County.
- Circuit Court Judge Ray Grubbs says that because many jury prospects had relationships with people in the case that it raised "the issue of credibility" of seating a jury in Montgomery County.
- Court Clerk Allan Burke says the trial will likely be moved west and be scheduled for early 2008.