Defense lawyers point finger at others in building collapse

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for those being sued in the deadly collapse of a wall on a thrift store in Philadelphia three years ago are each pointing the finger at other defendants as bearing responsibility.

Defendants’ lawyers made opening statements Tuesday in the trial of lawsuits filed on behalf of six people killed and 13 injured when an unbraced four-story brick wall collapsed on the Salvation Army store in 2013.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2cOdWv2 ) reports an attorney for the building owner blamed the demolition architect, whose attorney blamed a demolition contractor and a heavy equipment operator who are also being sued along with the Salvation Army.

Testimony begins Wednesday. The trial is expected to take months.

Contractor Griffin Campbell and equipment operator Sean Benschop are serving long prison terms for involuntary manslaughter convictions.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com
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