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Posted: Dec 10, 2013 2:04 PM

Updated: Dec 10, 2013 2:06 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal judge has agreed to dismiss some of the manslaughter charges against two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. ruled Tuesday that charging Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine with 11 counts of "seaman's manslaughter" went beyond the intended scope of the statute.

But Duval refused to dismiss 11 other counts of involuntary manslaughter that Kaluza and Vidrine were charged with last year in a 23-count indictment. Their trial is scheduled to start in June 2014.

Prosecutors claim Kaluza and Vidrine botched a key safety test and disregarded abnormally high pressure readings that were glaring signs of trouble before the April 2010 blowout of BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Topics: Gulf Oil Spill-Rig Supervisors

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