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Conspiracy charges upheld in Philly building collapse

Published On: Jun 04 2014 12:26:29 PM CDT

Conspiracy charges remain

PHILADELPHIA -

A judge has rejected a request to throw out conspiracy counts against two men charged in connection with a Philadelphia building collapse that killed six people.

Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner on Tuesday denied the motions filed by lawyers for Griffin Campbell and Sean Benschop, the demolition contractor and equipment operator charged in the June 2013 collapse.

An unsupported brick wall of a four-story building being demolished crashed down onto a smaller Salvation Army store, trapping shoppers and workers in rubble. Thirteen people were also injured.

Campbell faces six counts of third-degree murder and Benschop is charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Both men are charged with conspiracy and related charges including 13 counts of reckless endangerment for those injured in the collapse.