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Defense seeks mistrial for former BP engineer

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Posted: Dec 10, 2013 8:53 AM
Updated: Dec 10, 2013 8:53 AM
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NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix have asked the judge in the case to declare a mistrial.

In a filing Tuesday, Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's line of questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.

A hearing on the motion is set for Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr.

Mix is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The questioning of witness Wilson Arabie centered on allegations Mix ordered copies made of spill-related documents for improper purposes. Defense attorneys argued in their request for a mistrial that an earlier court order precluded prosecutors from raising the document-copying issue.

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