Ex-BP engineer’s criminal trial commences

The trial for Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP (formerly known as British Petroleum) began on Monday, December 2 with the selection of jury members. He was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice in 2012 for allegedly deleting text messages from his cell phone regarding pertinent information that could have helped build with claims regarding the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr. will be in charge of handling the trial.

Mix entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment.

Aside from Mix, other BP employees have also received criminal charges due to the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Macondo well. BP’s former vice-president for the Gulf of Mexico exploration David Rainey also was charged last year for giving false testimony regarding the size of the oil spill claim. Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, BP well-site managers, were also charged with involuntary manslaughter in November 2012 for the 11 deaths that occurred near or around the perimeter of the well.

Facing criminal charges can be stressful and overwhelming. However, with the help of an attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, you can feel more secure in the outcome of your case. Call us today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss the charges you are facing and how we can help defend you.

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