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: 21-Year-Old Aaron Scott Charged After Shooting Near Lincoln High School Killed Man, Injured 16-Year-Old
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: Plan Unveiled To Resolve Battle Over Control For Upper Darby's 'Summer Stage'
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: NFL Kicks Off $6.2M Responsible Betting Campaign As Interest In Gambling Increases
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.