The excavator operator facing charges in connection with this month's deadly building collapse in Center City is due in court today.
Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled this morning for 42-year-old Sean Benschop. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe in the June 5 incident that left six people dead and 13 wounded.
A judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.
Authorities say Benschop was impaired by marijuana and painkillers while operating machinery at the demolition site.
A four-story building at 22nd and Market streets that was in the process of being demolished collapsed, toppling onto a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store.
A grand jury is also being convened to look into the collapse.