Jurors set to return for deliberations in ex-coal CEO trial
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jurors are preparing to head back to court for deliberations in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.
The jury is expected to hold its sixth full day of deliberations Monday. They haven't 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.