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Jury returns for 3rd day in ex-BP engineers case

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 10:19 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2013 9:01 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: bp trial, jury deliberations, gulf oil spill, oil spill trial

NEW ORELANS - A jury has returned to a New Orleans courthouse for a third day of deliberations in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jurors deliberated on Monday after hearing closing arguments by Justice Department prosecutors and a lawyer for Kurt Mix, who is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. Their deliberations resumed Tuesday morning. They wrapped up Tuesday still deadlocked.

Prosecutors claim Mix was trying to destroy evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor. Mixs lawyers said their client didnt hide anything from a grand jury that was investigating the spill.

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