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Crane owner starts trial in deadly NYC collapse

Crane owner's criminal trial starts in NYC collapse that killed 2 in 2008 By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A New York City prosecutor says a construction crane owner's greed caused a collapse that killed two workers in 2008.

Opening statements began Tuesday in James Lomma's manslaughter case.

It's the only criminal trial stemming from the May 2008 collapse on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Defense lawyers were expected to give their openings later in the day.

Prosecutors allege Lomma pinched pennies on a crucial repair job that failed and caused the collapse.

The defense says Lomma acted responsibly in getting the repair done. It says expert witnesses have concluded the crane fell apart because it was pulled too high ' not because the repaired part failed.

Crane operator Donald C. Leo and fellow worker Ramadan Kurtaj (Koor-TAHZH') were killed.

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