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Contractor charged in Phila. building collapse that killed 6

Firefighters view the aftermath of a building collapse, Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Philadelphia.


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PHILADEPHIA - Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says the contractor overseeing a botched demolition that killed six people shopping in a Salvation Army thrift store is being charged with murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the June collapse.

Williams said Monday that Griffin Campbell is charged with six counts of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and 13 counts of reckless endangerment, along with risking a catastrophe, for the collapse of an unsupported wall onto the neighboring thrift store, trapping and killing shoppers inside.

The charges are the first in the case since excavator operator Sean Benschop was charged this summer on six counts of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly operating heavy equipment while high on marijuana and painkillers.

According to a CBS Philly Nov 14 report, Campbell was fined $313,000 and Benschop was fined $84,000.

Those killed in the building collapse were: Anne Bryan, 24;  Roseline Conteh, 52;  Borbor Davis, 68;  Kimberly Finnegan, 35;  Juanita Harmon, 75; and Mary Simpson, 24.