Monday, October 5, 2015

Jury selection to resume in trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO

(AP) — Jury selection for the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will enter its third day on Monday.

Forty-two prospective jurors were excused on Thursday and 16 were dismissed on Friday.

Potential jurors are scheduled to return to the federal courthouse in Charleston at 9 a.m. Monday.

In a filing Friday afternoon, Blankenship's attorneys objected to a motion by The Charleston Gazette-Mail and West Virginia Public Broadcasting Inc. to open up the jury selection process.

The 65-year-old Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break mine safety laws and lying to financial regulators about safety procedures at the Upper Big Branch Mine in southern West Virginia. The mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 miners.