Three Virginia Supreme Court Justices will hear appeals next month in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

The hearing is set for February 12th in Richmond, Virginia. The three justices will determine whether the full court will consider the case.

The lawsuit was filed by two families who say their daughters could have survived if the university alerted the campus earlier. The state was the only defendant taken to court.

In June of 2012, a judge upheld a jury's negligence finding against the state but the damages were sharply reduced.

Both the state and the plaintiffs have filed appeals.

In April of 2007, a gunman killed 32 people on campus and then turned the gun on himself.