BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - The former superintendent of the Upper Big
Branch mine was to enter a plea next week, but his lawyer wants a
U.S. District Judge Irene Berger scheduled a hearing in Beckley
for March 22. But on Monday, defense attorney Tim Carrico asked for
His motion says he has a court-ordered mediation session in Clay
County that day.
May has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal
government and is apparently cooperating with prosecutors in a
continuing criminal investigation of the 2010 explosion that killed
The blast at the former Massey Energy mine was the worst U.S.
coal mining disaster in four decades.
Last week, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin asked Berger to schedule
a hearing for May. He's the highest-ranking company official
charged so far.
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