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Ex-BP executive lied to investigators, prosecutors tell jury as his oil spill case opens

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal prosecutor has told jurors that a former BP executive lied to federal investigators about how he came up with flow rate estimates after a 2010 rig explosion sent oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Defense attorneys countered Tuesday that prosecutors are trying to convict David Rainey based on an interview conducted a year after the spill.

They say there is no proof Rainey had any reason to lie about the way he tried to calculate the rate at which oil was flowing after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

The jury in the case was selected Monday. Opening statements were delivered Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt says the case could go to the jury by the end of the week.

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