- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The prosecution is set to rest in the high-profile trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship after weeks of testimony asserting that he put dollars ahead of safety in the years before the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in decades.

The prosecution expects to yield to Blankenship’s multimillion-dollar defense Monday.

Defense attorneys repeated arguments Thursday that the charges should be tossed.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to break safety laws at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine and lying to financial regulators and investors about safety. The mine exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.

Prosecutors call Blankenship a micromanager who cared more about money than safety.

His attorneys used multiple prosecution witnesses to support his defense.

It’s unclear how many witnesses the defense will call or if Blankenship will testify.

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