Virginia

The latest on mine explosion trial: Ex-CEO returns to court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The latest developments in the federal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. All times are local:

8:45 a.m.

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has arrived at the U.S. District Court in Charleston for the third day of jury selection at his federal trial.

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

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

If convicted of all the charges, Blankenship faces up to three decades in prison.

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