Benschope, 43, has been charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangerment, and one count of risking a catastrophe, police said.
Benschope had been working for Griffin T. Campbell, the contractor hired by property owner Richard C. Basciano to tear down a building next door to the Salvation Army thrift store.
On Wednesday, the remainder of that building collapsed onto the thrift store, trapping 20 people inside. According to a toxicology report, it is “reasonably scientifically certain” that Benschope was an “active recent user of marijuana.” Benschope has a long arrest record, including two terms in prison on drug charges in the 1990s.
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