A federal judge has rescheduled former Massey CEO Don Blankenship's criminal trial for April 20 at 9 a.m. in
Jan. 5, the day prior to the original Jan. 6 pre-trial hearing date, U.S. Judge Irene Berger granted a previous motion by the defense to move the trial. The pretrial hearing is now scheduled for March 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Blankenship, who was charged with conspiracy to violate federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and securities fraud. He faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted.
Additionally, pretrial motions are to be filed no later than Feb. 6. Any motion by either party seeking a plea hearing must be filed by April 6.