Roach: Powers retained attorney last week.
I just got off the phone with Susan Roach
the attorney for Chris Powers
, the man whose name was leaked yesterday
as a possible suspect in the firebombing
of Congressman Russ Carnahan's campaign building last week.
Roach confirms that her client is a suspect in the police investigation into the attempted arson at Carnahan's headquarters. Powers retained Roach last week shortly after police released him from questioning.
Roach says Powers is a former journalist and resident of St. Louis who volunteered and worked for Carnahan this summer before having a "parting of ways" with the campaign. She says that Powers remains a supporter of the congressman. Moreover, she doubts that he is the only suspect in the case.
"We have information we believe makes [Powers] totally exculpatory," says Roach.
The attorney adds that she's unsure why her client was initially picked up as a suspect. "He certainly wasn't discovered anywhere near the scene," she says.
Roach confirms to Daily RFT
that Powers matches the description -- 50 years old and white -- that police gave of the suspect questioned last week. However, she says her client is not "bat-shit crazy"
as had been surmised yesterday by Daily RFT
"My client takes umbrage with that comment," says Roach.