New trial requested in mine blast case

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A former security chief convicted of
lying to investigators about the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men
at the Upper Big Branch mine says he deserves a new trial.
Hughie Elbert Stover filed his appeal Monday with the U.S. 4th
Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
Stover says it's not based on the weight of the government's
evidence but a total lack of evidence.
He was convicted last fall of lying to investigators and
ordering a subordinate to destroy documents after the disaster.
But attorney William Wilmoth says there's no proof that Stover
lied or that he ever intended to impede the government's
investigation. He also says that prosecutors falsely portrayed the
evidence they had.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has said that Stover was convicted
fairly, in every respect.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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