Contractor, DA fight over Berkeley balcony collapse evidence

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BERKELEY — A construction company is renewing its court battle to accompany the district attorney’s inspectors when they examine the wreckage of fatal balcony collapse in Berkeley.

Segue Construction said Wednesday that Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley has rejected the company’s demand to have its experts present when investigators examine the failed balcony.

Company spokesman Trevor Martin says Segue plans to ask a judge Thursday for an order reversing the district attorney’s decision. O’Malley’s office declined comment.

O’Malley announced last week that her office has opened a criminal probe of the June 16 accident that killed five 21-year-old college students from Ireland and the 22-year-old Irish-American cousin of one of the other victims.

Segue says it’s concerned about how investigators have handled the balcony and other evidence related to the collapse.

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