NEW ORLEANS — Jurors have adjourned for the night after saying they are having difficulty reaching a unanimous verdict in the trial of a former BP engineer charged with trying to obstruct a probe of the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a note that U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. read aloud in court Tuesday, jurors said they have been ‘‘at a standstill’’ and deadlocked for several hours. Duval instructed them to continue deliberating.
About an hour later, they asked to go home. Their deliberations are scheduled to resume Wednesday.
Mix is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors claim the 52-year-old resident of Katy, Texas, deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to conceal them from a grand jury. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.