|Aubrey McClendon attends Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, in Oklahoma City in 2012. Oklahoma City police say McClendon, a natural gas industry titan who was indicted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma, was killed Wednesday in a fiery single-car crash in Oklahoma City. A part-owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, McClendon stepped down in 2013 at Chesapeake and founded American Energy Partners, where he was chairman and CEO. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)|
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who was killed in fiery single-vehicle crash just hours after being indicted on federal charges connected to rigging bids for oil and gas leases (all times local):
Federal authorities are seeking to dismiss a charge of bid rigging against Oklahoma energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who died in a fiery car crash just hours after the indictment was announced.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Chicago-based antitrust division filed a motion to dismiss the bid rigging conspiracy indictment on Thursday in federal court in Oklahoma City.
Federal prosecutors alleged the 56-year-old former chief executive of Chesapeake Energy orchestrated a scheme between two large energy companies to decide ahead of time which would win bids on oil and gas landowner leases.
The two large energy companies were not named in the indictment, but McClendon was CEO of Chesapeake during the time the scheme was alleged.
|Aubrey McClendon, left, CEO and chairman of the board of Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Clay Bennett, right, chairman of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder, watch during an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Oklahoma City. McClendon, also a part owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, was killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)|
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment Thursday on the case.
McClendon died in a single-car crash Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
State officials say investigations into the death of energy magnate Aubrey McClendon in a fiery single-car crash in Oklahoma City could take months to complete.
Oklahoma City police Sgt. Ashley Peters says a probe of Wednesday's crash likely will take up to two weeks, while the state medical examiner's office says an autopsy investigation could take as long as three months.
Police say McClendon's Chevrolet Tahoe slammed into a concrete embankment and burst into flames, killing the 56-year-old energy company CEO.
Several passing motorists called 911 shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday to report a vehicle on fire at an underpass beneath Interstate 44 in northeast Oklahoma City.
McClendon had been indicted just hours earlier by a federal grand jury on charges of gas-lease bid rigging.