A man accused of burning down a Pullman apartment complex pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Bryan L. Kitchen, 31, set fire to the Grove apartment construction site on July 14. He faces charges of setting fire to property used in interstate commerce.
Kitchen said in Whitman County Superior Court on Tuesday that he was drunk on July 14 and a voice in his head told him to burn down the complex.
The fire caused $13 million in damage and destroyed 88 units, leaving some Washington State University students scrambling to find housing.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno ordered that Kitchen remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Kitchen will appear for a bail hearing on Monday.
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