A Philadelphia demolition contractor was held without bail last night on six counts of third-degree murder for six deaths after a building collapsed, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Griffin Campbell, 49, asked the judge, “Was anybody in the city charged?” The judge replied that no city officials had been charged.
District Attorney Seth Williams alleged that Campbell was “motivated by greed,” leading to the unsafe demolition June 5 of a four-story building and the collapse of an unsupported wall onto the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store. If Campbell is convicted on more than one count, he faces a mandatory prison sentence of life without parole. William Hobson, Campbell’s attorney, said Williams was pursuing third-degree murder charges “for political reasons” and was “clearly overreaching.”