US jury picked for ex-BP engineer trial

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Kurt Mix

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Former BP Plc engineer Kurt Mix leaves the Federal courthouse in Houston April 24, 2012. Mix is accused of intentionally destroying evidence related to how much oil was spilling from the company's broken well in the Gulf of Mexico.

New Orleans - Twelve jurors and three alternates have been picked to hear the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The jury will hear attorneys' opening statements Tuesday for Kurt Mix's federal trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks.

Prosecutors claim Mix deliberately deleted strings of text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury's probe of the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

The 52-year-old Texas resident has pleaded not guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. - Sapa-AP


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