Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in New Orleans for the trial of Kurt Mix, who is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice.
The 52-year-old resident of Katy, Texas, is one of four current or former BP employees charged with crimes related to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
His case is the first to be tried.
Prosecutors claim Mix deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to hamper a grand jury's spill investigation.
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