Salvation Army Thrift Store
A Philadelphia judge has denied a defense request for separate trials for two men charged in last year’s building collapse in Center City that killed six people inside a thrift store.
Defense attorney William Hobson argued that defendant Griffin Campbell, the demoliton contractor on the site that day, is no danger to the community and no risk of flight.
It was one year ago today that a building under demolition collapsed on the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22nd and Market Streets, killing six and injuring 14.
“I never felt so scared, bricks on me, I couldn’t breathe,” Plekan explained from a wheelchair at a West Philadelphia Rehabilitation Center.
Contractor Griffin Campbell and heavy equipment operator Sean Benschop, both charged with third-degree murder in the June 5th, 2013 demolition site collapse that killed six and injured 13 at 22nd and Market Streets, could be set free to await trial.
A judge sided with an earlier court ruling that the evidence shows the two defendants acted together in a risky manner, resulting in the death of six people.
Demolition contractor Griffin Campbell and heavy-equipment operator Sean Benschop are charged with six counts of third-degree murder.
Mariya Plekan, 52, was buried in the rubble of the collapse for hours, never losing consciousness, and later had half her body amputated.
Testifying was Nancy Winkler, the city treasurer, and her husband, whose daughter Anne and five others died last June when a building demolition at 22nd and Market Streets went awry.
A new OSHA report a report pins much of the responsibility on demolition contractor Griffin Campbell and heavy equipment operator Sean Benschop. The building’s owner and the Salvation Army are not mentioned.
A judge has ruled that the demolition contractor charged in the deaths of six people buried when a building collapsed in Philadelphia must meet bail of $1.55 million.
While one of the victims killed in the collapse was laid to rest Monday, a co-worker rescued from the Salvation Army store spoke out.
Thirty-six-year-old Felicia Hill appeared before reporters with her attorney, Emmett Madden.
The lawyer for a crane operator charged after the deadly building collapse in Center City last week was on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Monday and said his client is being made to be a scapegoat.
Prosecutors in Philadelphia say a grand jury will be convened to investigate a building collapse that killed six people.