Bail Reduction Denied for Market Street Collapse Defendants - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Collapse on June 5, 2013 in Center City Philadelphia killed 6 and injured 13 people

Bail Reduction Denied for Market Street Collapse Defendants



    Bail Reduction Denied for Market Street Collapse Defendants
    Sean Benschop and Griffin Campbell are charged with third degree murder in the June 5, 2013 building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets in Philadelphia.

    A bail reduction request was denied on Friday for the two men charged with the deaths of six people in the Market Street building collapse.

    Attorneys for backhoe operator Sean Benschop and contractor Griffin Campbell had asked Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner to reduce their bails. Benschop, also known as Kary Roberts, is being held on $1.5 million bail. Campbell is being held without bail.

    Both men are charged with six counts of Third-Degree Murder, six counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and 13 counts of Reckless Endangerment for their alleged roles in the collapse of a free-standing wall under demolition at 22nd and Market Streets.

    On June 5, 2013, the unbraced wall fell to the west and onto the occupied Salvation Army Thrift Shop next door. Employees and patrons were buried under the debris. Six people were killed and 13 injured, many seriously.

    Prosecutors allege the men conspired to demolish the building the wall was part of unsafely. Both men have denied wrongdoing and remain jailed in the county correctional facility.

    This is the second time a bail reduction request has been denied.

    A trial date has yet to be set.