PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has set bail at nearly $1.6 million for a demolition contractor charged in a fatal building collapse in Philadelphia.
Sean Benschop had previously been held without bail on six charges of involuntary manslaughter.
Prosecutors argued at a preliminary hearing Wednesday that Benschop is a flight risk. They say he was born in Guyana, is not a U.S. citizen and has used numerous aliases.
Defense attorney Daine Grey countered that his 42-year-old client turned himself in after police issued an arrest warrant in the case.
Investigators say Benschop was impaired by marijuana and painkillers on June 5 when he operated heavy equipment on a vacant building under demolition.
A four-story brick wall collapsed onto the adjacent Salvation Army thrift shop, killing six people and injuring 13.