Jurors still without verdict in ex-coal CEO's federal trial

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Posted: Nov 30, 2015 5:32 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jurors have deliberated another day without reaching a verdict in ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's trial.

The jury ended its sixth full day of deliberations without a decision Monday. They had not met since Tuesday because of Thanksgiving.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break safety laws and defrauding mine regulators at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine, and lying to financial regulators and investors about safety. The mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.

Prosecutors contended that Blankenship was a micromanager who meddled in the smallest details at the mine and cared more about money than safety.

Blankenship's defense team said the government offered no evidence he was involved in a conspiracy.

Blankenship's trial began Oct. 1. Deliberations began the evening of Nov. 17 and will continue Tuesday.