Prosecutors announced on June 25 that criminal prosecution may be possible after the balcony collapse of an apartment building near the University of California in Berkeley that killed six students on June 16, according to the Dothan Eagle.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said they will start criminal investigation of the balcony collapse two days after city inspectors found that the balcony was supported by wooden beams which were rotten from water damage. He added that forensic experts are already conducting an examination of the removed fifth-story balcony, as well as another balcony just below the one that collapsed.
Prosecutors need to establish that the owners of the building had exhibited criminal negligence that led to the collapse of the building in order to be able to file the appropriate charges.
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