New trial ordered for ex-BP engineer


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge threw out the conviction of a former BP engineer convicted of deleting company text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and ordered a new trial.

Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, was convicted of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he deliberately deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury’s investigation of the spill.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled Thursday the jury verdict was affected by remarks the forewoman overheard outside the jury room.

 

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