In this Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Mix's trial on two counts of obstruction of justice. He is charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jury has returned to a New Orleans courthouse for a second day of deliberations in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes Monday after hearing closing arguments by Justice Department prosecutors and a lawyer for Kurt Mix, who is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. Their deliberations resumed Tuesday morning.
Prosecutors say Mix was trying to destroy evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor. Mix's lawyers said their client didn't hide anything from a grand jury that was investigating the spill.
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