PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia jury will soon decide if demolition contractor Griffin Campbell is criminally responsible for the Market Street collapse in 2013 that took six lives inside a Salvation Army Thrift Store in Center City.
After emotional closing arguments by the defense and prosecutors, Judge Glenn Bronson gave jurors legal instructions, before they began deliberations.READ MORE: Former Delaware Governor 'Pete' du Pont IV Dies; Ran For President In 1988
The defense claims Griffin Campbell deferred to whom it called “the architect of this disaster” – Plato Marinakos, on the “methods and means” of taking down buildings around the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Raising his voice, defense lawyer William Hobson yelled “Plato got the deal!” The DA’s office gave the on site architect, Plato Marinakos immunity from prosecution for his testimony.READ MORE: 12-Year-Old Girl Killed, 4 Other Children Injured After Minivan Overturns On I-95 North In Tinicum Township
Hobson also told jurors the only other person charged, heavy equipment operator Sean Benschop, whom was stoned – high on marijuana on the job – was guilty the moment the walls collapsed.
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Assistant DA Ed Cameron told jurors Campbell “pulled out the guts and spine of the building, destabilizing it by talking out floors and joists,” cutting corners that led to the collapse.