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Philly building collapse suspect held on nearly $1.6M bail

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 25 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 26 2013 06:09:12 PM CDT

A judge has set bail at $1.6-million for a man charged in connection with a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -

A judge has set bail at $1.6-million for a man charged in connection with a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia.

Sean Benschop was in court Wednesday.

Investigators say he was high on marijuana and painkillers while demolishing a building earlier this month.

The building collapsed killing six people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Benschop had been held without bail on involuntary manslaughter charges after turning himself in.

But prosecutors successfully argued that he's a flight risk.

Benschop is non-U.S. citizen who was born in Guyana and has several aliases.