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Jan 1, 2014 8:07 AM by AP

Ex-BP engineer's lawyers to ask for new trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorneys for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a federal probe of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill have asked for more time to file requests for a new trial or a post-verdict acquittal.

On Tuesday, Kurt Mix's lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. for a weeklong extension of a Jan. 2 deadline for filing the requests.

On Dec. 18, a jury convicted Mix of obstruction of justice for deleting a string of text messages to and from a BP supervisor. Jurors acquitted him of a second count of the same charge, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Mix worked on BP's efforts to seal its blown-out Macondo well. Prosecutors said he tried to destroy evidence when he deleted the messages.

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