Testimony Begins in BP Engineer's Trial

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

New Orleans, La.

The trial of a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has begun in New Orleans.

Jurors heard opening statements Tuesday from a Justice Department prosecutor who vowed to prove that Mix was trying to destroy evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor.

But a defense lawyer said Mix wasn't trying to hide anything from a grand jury probing the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Mix has pleaded not guilty.

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