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Alon suit awaits verdict

December 10, 2010

The property damage trial pitting three Crossroads residents against oil giant Alon USA continued in 118th District Court today, with the case expected to be handed to the jury sometime this morning or afternoon.

According to court officials, the case — which began Monday with jury selection — was brought by local residents Beverly Smithie and Ron and Debra Walker, who allegedly sustained property damage in February 2008 when an explosion ripped through the Big Spring refinery, sending a shock wave through the community.

The plaintiffs are being represented by a Houston law firm, according to court officials, with local attorney Joshua Hamby sitting in as local counsel. Information regarding the attorneys representing Alon USA was not available, but Big Spring attorney Shane Seaton is serving as local counsel for the defense.

Attorneys for the plaintiff rested their case Wednesday, according to court records.

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