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Hearing set in BP employees' criminal case

10 months ago Saturday, May 31, 2014 8:22:46 AM CDT May 31, 2014 Saturday, May 31 2014 May 31, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has set a July 9 hearing in the manslaughter case against two BP employees charged in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 offshore rig workers.

BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine were indicted on 22 manslaughter counts in the case. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. threw out 11 counts of "seaman's manslaughter." Duval said the seaman's manslaughter law didn't apply to the well leaders.

Prosecutors have asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the charges.

Meanwhile, 11 involuntary manslaughter counts remain against the two.

Kaluza and Vidrine have pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors claim the two botched a safety test and disregarded high pressure readings that were signs of trouble before the explosion.

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