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Fact File: Virginia Tech Shooting August 21, 2006

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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.
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