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Hearing For Miss. Man In Suspicious Letters Case

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Update April 29, 2013

The Mississippi man charged with making and possessing ricin as part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others is expected in a federal court today in Oxford, Miss. 

The FBI arrested 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke at his house in Tupelo, Miss., on Saturday. 

He's charged with making and possessing ricin for use as a weapon. 

The letters tainted with ricin were sent April 8 to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and an 80-year-old Mississippi judge. 

Dutschke faces up to life in prison if convicted.

April 26, 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.

April 24, 2013

Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man implicated in the mailing of ricin (RY'-sin) poison-laced letters to the president and a U.S. senator after charges were dropped without explanation against the man arrested in the case last week.

Everett Dutschke (DUHST'-kee), whose home was searched Tuesday by dozens of officials, some in hazmat suits, had feuded with Paul Kevin Curtis, a 45-year-old celebrity impersonator who has said since his arrest that he had nothing to do with the case.

The search began early Tuesday afternoon. At about 8:30 p.m. CDT, two FBI agents and two members of the state's chemical response team left his property and began combing through ditches, culverts and woods about a block away from his house in the neighborhood.

The case of ricin-laced letters remains open after charges were dropped against an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi who has maintained since his arrest last week that he had nothing to do with the case.

Law enforcement officers, including some in hazmat suits, converged on a home in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, but they have not arrested the man who lives there.

Everett Dutschke tells The Associated Press that the search of his home was the FBI's second in connection to the mailings and the situation is becoming stressful. Dutschke maintains he has no idea how to make ricin and had nothing to do with sending the poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge.

Paul Kevin Curtis, who was released from custody Tuesday, says the same thing. The 45-year-old says he realizes letters he's sent to Wicker in the past claiming to have found black-market body parts while working at a hospital made him an easy target. But Curtis says he respects the president, loves his country and would never "pose a threat" to a government official.


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