Lawyer enters not guilty plea for former BP engineer in Gulf spill case

NEW ORLEANS — A lawyer for a former BP engineer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday to new accusations contained in a superseding indictment related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Kurt Mix, of Katy, did not attend  the brief hearing in federal court in New Orleans after a judge granted him permission to skip the arraignment.

Mix’s lawyer, Joan McPhee, said in an email that Mix is still on course for trial in June.

Mix  previously was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages about the amount of oil that was flowing from BP’s blown-out Macondo well following the April 20, 2010 disaster. In the superseding indictment recently filed, Mix is also accused of  deleting voicemails from a supervisor and a BP contractor.

Mix also pleaded not guilty to the earlier accusations.

Prosecutors claim he deleted the messages to prevent them from being used in a grand jury’s probe of the spill.