Trial for suspected Grove Apartment arsonist postponed | Crime
The September 16th trial for a 31-year-old Pullman man who was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly starting a fire that destroyed some of the newly-constructed buildings of "The Grove" apartment complex in July has been rescheduled to give his defense team more time to prepare. Trial for Bryan Lee Kitchen has now been set for March 10th in U.S. District Court in Spokane.
"The Court finds that failure to grant a continuance would result in a miscarriage of justice and would deny counsel for the Defendant the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation, taking into account the exercise of due diligence," according to court documents signed by Judge Lonny Suko.
Kitchen was arrested by Pullman police after he admitted to investigators that he was drunk and heard voices in his head which encouraged him to do bad things. The July 14th fire caused more than $13 million in damage.
Kitchen has pleaded not guilty to malicious use of fire to damage property used in interstate commerce. If convicted, he faces not less than five years and no more than 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, as well as restitution. Officials have said they consider him a suspect in other Pullman-area arsons.