UPDATE: Mississippi Man Charged In Ricin Letters Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Sunday, April 28, 2013

The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a probe of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a different man.

Federal authorities arrested James Everett Dutschke early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He is charged with making and possessing the poisonous ricin for use as a weapon.

Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford. He faces up to life in prison, if convicted.

Earlier in the week, Dutschke insisted he had nothing to do with the letters.

Charges were dropped previously against another man, 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis. Curtis' lawyers say he had been framed.

Dutschke's attorney, Lori Nail Basham, said she had no comment.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The FBI says a Mississippi man whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into poisoned letters sent to the president and others has been arrested in the case.

FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says 41-year-old Everett Dutschke was arrested Saturday at his Tupelo home in connection with the letters, which allegedly contained ricin. They were sent last week to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland.

Charges were initially filed against an Elvis impersonator but then dropped. Attention then turned to Dutschke, who has ties to the former suspect and the judge and senator.

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