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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters pleads not guilty

TUPELO — A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment.

James Everett Dutschke was scheduled for an arraignment today in U.S. District Court in Oxford, but his lawyer filed a waiver of appearance and entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland.

A new indictment on Nov. 20 says Dutschke, while incarcerated, tried to recruit someone to make more ricin and send it to Wicker, a Republican.

The indictment says Dutschke, 42, was again trying to frame Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, the man he’s accused of trying to set up the first time.

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