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Originally published Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 3:38 AM

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Trial over Gulf oil spill set to resume Tuesday

BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 will continue presenting its defense next week at a trial over the deadly catastrophe.

The Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS —

BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 will continue presenting its defense next week at a trial over the deadly catastrophe.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard testimony Wednesday by a Halliburton employee who was a cementing engineer for the company and visited the Deepwater Horizon rig before BP's well blowout.

The trial started Feb. 25 and is scheduled to resume Tuesday after a break for Easter.

BP is expected to start calling its own witnesses once Halliburton rests its case.

Barbier is hearing testimony without a jury. Barring a settlement, he could decide how much more money the companies owe for their roles in the disaster that killed 11 rig workers and led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

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