By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The architect who oversaw the doomed demolition of a building that collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift store two years ago testified Thursday against the contractor accused of causing the deadly accident.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society To Preview Plans For 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
Plato Marinakos testified that he arranged the hiring of North Philadelphia demolition specialist Griffin Campbell based in part on the contractors low bid of $112,000.READ MORE: Firefighters Save Bride's Wedding Dress After Fire Breaks Out At Normandy Farm Hotel In Blue Bell
He told the jury that the contract worked out between Campbell and the building’s owners specified that the contractor would be responsible for the safety of workers and equipment on and adjacent to the site.
Marinakos testified his responsibility was intermittently checking the progress of the job.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update
In opening statements, defense attorney Bill Hobspon reportedly called Marinakos a liar and a weasel who took a $5,000 kickback from Campbell. He’ll attempt to prove his claims during cross-examination Friday.