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Aug 20, 2:35 PM EDT

2 charged in Philly collapse want mayor as witness


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two contractors charged in a fatal Philadelphia building collapse have a lengthy witness list that includes Mayor Michael Nutter.

Demolition contractor Griffin Campbell and subcontractor Sean Benschop are charged with third-degree murder in the deaths of six people inside a thrift store.

Prosecutors say they were recklessly knocking down an adjacent building when a towering brick wall fell on the store in June 2013.

Defense lawyers have called their clients scapegoats.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( http://goo.gl/M3itk8 ) reports the witness list they submitted Wednesday includes city officials with oversight or knowledge of the demolition project.

A mayoral spokesman says the administration has not seen the list and has no comment.

The 50-year-old Campbell and 43-year-old Benschop are in custody and want an early trial, but the trial date remains unclear.

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

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