Judge delays BP rig supervisors' trial until June
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has agreed to postpone the manslaughter trial of two BP supervisors who worked on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
The trial of Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine was scheduled to start on Jan. 13, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. agreed to delay it until June 2 during a closed-door meeting with attorneys earlier this week.
Defense attorneys had asked for a nine-month delay, saying they need more time to review millions of pages of documents provided by the government.
Kaluza and Vidrine pleaded not guilty last year to charges they botched a key safety test before the blowout of BP's Macondo well. Eleven workers died in the subsequent explosion.