Equipment operator turns self in to face charges in deaths of 6 in Philly building collapse

PHILADELPHIA – The lawyer for the heavy equipment operator accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, says his client “is not responsible.”

Attorney Daine Grey says 42-year-old Sean Benschop and his family “are extremely sympathetic and remorseful.” But, he says, in time, the facts will show that Benschop is not responsible.

Benschop surrendered Saturday to face charges in the deaths.

Authorities believe Benschop had been using an excavator Wednesday when the remains of the four-story building gave way and toppled onto an attached Salvation Army thrift store, killing two employees and four customers and injuring 13 others.