RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday approved an $11 million state settlement with families of most of the victims in last year's Virginia Tech slayings that will avoid a court battle over whether anyone but the gunman was to blame.

Families of 24 victims — out of 32 killed by Seung-Hui Cho — will be compensated under the settlement approved by Circuit Court Judge Theodore J. Markow.

Four families agreed to the settlement but were not prepared to go before the judge Tuesday. Four other families did not participate.