9/11 Remains Arson Suspect: I Was Drunk

Lawyer says suspect accused of setting fire at a NYC repository for 9/11 victims' remains was so drunk, he barely remembers being there.

Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 PM EDT
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9/11 Remains Arson Suspect: I Was Drunk

The lawyer for the Harvard graduate accused of setting fire to the remains of 9/11 victims says he was so drunk, he barely recalls being there.

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A defense lawyer says a Harvard Law School graduate accused of setting a fire at a temporary New York City repository for Sept. 11 victims' remains was so drunk he barely remembers being there.

The attorney told a Manhattan judge Wednesday that Brian Schroeder "has very limited memories of being inside'" the weatherproof tent where the city has stored the remains of unidentified victims.

Prosecutors say Schroeder told police it felt like and adventure and that he thought he was dreaming as he scaled a fence and set fire to some mementos and benches in a 9/11 Memorial Park early on Oct. 31.

Officials have said victims' remains weren't damaged.

Schroeder has pleaded not guilty to arson and other charges. The 2009 law graduate lost a law firm job offer after his arrest.

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