Second Man Is Charged with Third Degree Murder in Philadelphia Demolition Case
About the Botched Building Demolition
- Supposedly, he had been taken drugs before operating heavy machinery during a building demolition. A section of unsupported wall fell from the building being demolished and crashed until a nearby Salvation Army thrift store.
- In total, six people were killed and more than a dozen more suffered injuries. The daughter of the city’s treasurer was one of the six victims in this case.
- Benschop’s attorney is arguing that he was following the orders of Griffin Campbell, the man who was in charge of the demolition.
Details on the Charges against Griffin Campbell
- Prosecutors allege Griffin Campbell was in charge of the demolition and was being paid a flat fee. As such, he did not heed the architect’s advice to brace that particular wall in order to meet a deadline and save money.
- Campbell is charged with six counts of murder and involuntary manslaughter, along with thirteen counts of endangerment.
- A video shows no scaffolding was in place to brace the wall and during the process; Campbell took out the floor joints which left that particular wall completely unsupported.