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Jury ‘At A Standstill’ In Ex-BP Engineer’s Trial

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A view of a jury box. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A deadlocked jury has returned for a third day of deliberations in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct a probe of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jurors resumed deliberating Wednesday, a day after telling U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. that they were “at a standstill” and having trouble reaching a verdict in the case against 52-year-old Kurt Mix, of Katy, Texas. Judge Duval instructed them to continue their deliberations.

Jurors have deliberated for more than nine hours since hearing closing arguments from attorneys Monday.

Mix is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. He didn’t testify at his two-week trial.

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