|Appalachian School of Law Shootings|
Fri, 18 Jan 2002
The expelled law school student accused of killing his dean and two others in a campus shooting spree was so paranoid and prone to outbursts that at least one classmate said he saw the violence coming.
At Thursday’s arraignment on three counts of capital murder, Peter Odighizuwa, 43, told the judge he was sick and needed help.
“I was supposed to see my doctor,” Odighizuwa said, hiding his face behind a green arrest warrant. “He was supposed to help me out … I don’t have my medication.”
Police say Odighizuwa opened fire with a handgun at the Appalachian School of Law on Wednesday, a day after he was dismissed from the school for a second time.
Dean L. Anthony Sutin and professor Thomas Blackwell were slain in their offices and student Angela Dales died later at a hospital.
Three other students were wounded.
Odighizuwa also faces three counts of attempted capital murder and six weapons charges. As he was led into the courtroom, Odighizuwa told reporters, “I was sick, I was sick. I need help.”
Police said Odighizuwa was evaluated and given medication in jail but declined to identify the drug.