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The Latest: Jury recesses again without verdict in criminal trial of ex-coal CEO Blankenship

By The Associated Press

(AP) — 5:11 p.m.

Jurors have recessed after their second full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

They began deliberating for about an hour Tuesday and all day Wednesday and Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, jurors said they could not agree on a verdict, but the judge sent them back to continue deliberating.

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.

The jury returns to continue deliberating Friday morning.

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12:17 p.m.

Jurors have told a judge they cannot agree on a verdict in the trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, but the judge ordered them to continue deliberating.

The jury sent a note to Judge Irene Berger late Thursday morning asking how long they should continue deliberating and saying they could not agree.

Berger assembled jurors in the courtroom and told them that given the length of the trial and the number of witnesses, they must continue trying to reach a verdict.

The jury deliberated for an hour Tuesday and all day Wednesday.

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.

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