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Man charged in Philadelphia building collapse has bail revised

Sean Benschop must pay $650,000 bail on 13 manslaughter counts

PHILADELPHIA - A judge has ruled that the demolition contractor charged in the deaths of six people buried in the collapse of a Philadelphia thrift must meet bail of $900,000 on six charges of manslaughter.

Sean Benschop had previously been held without bail on the charges but still must pay $650,000 in bail on the 13 counts of reckless endangerment he is also charged with.

Thursday's preliminary hearing was continued until Sept. 17 to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial.

Investigators say Benschop was impaired by marijuana and painkillers while operating heavy equipment next door to the doomed store. His lawyer says Benschop was fit to work.

A four-story brick wall collapsed onto the Salvation Army shop June 5, killing six and injuring 13.

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