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Police no longer shadowing Wicker due to ricin letter

TUPELO — The security team of Capitol Police assigned U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is no longer keeping tabs on him outside his Tupelo home or when he travels.

The security was ordered for the Mississippi Republican after a letter containing ricin and addressed to his office was intercepted.

Wicker told a Tupelo civic club Friday that authorities were keeping the team with him until after the arrest of and hearing for a suspect in the case. The security detail for Wicker ended Friday night

On Thursday, suspect James Everett Dutschke was ordered to remain in jail without bond until a federal grand jury decides whether to indict him.

Wicker says he looks forward to having less of an entourage as he travels and returning to being a regular member of society.


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