Jurors resume deliberations in ex-coal CEO's federal trial

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have deliberated several hours in their first day back since breaking for Thanksgiving.

The jury entered its sixth full day of deliberations Monday. They had not met since Tuesday because of the holiday.

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.