Change-of-plea hearing for ex-BP engineer in oil spill case

AP News
Posted: Nov 05, 2015 7:30 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing has been set in federal court for a former BP engineer accused of deleting text messages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Kurt Mix has spent more than three years fighting charges that he obstructed an investigation by deleting text messages about the amount of oil that spewed from the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig after an April 2010 explosion.

He was acquitted on one criminal charge in a 2013 trial. He was convicted on an obstruction of justice charge at that same trial, but he won a new trial because of juror misconduct.

He has pleaded not guilty but court records show that a change-of-plea hearing is set for Friday morning. His attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.