Ricin letters suspect to appear at change-of-plea hearing
by MBJ Staff
Published: January 17,2014
Tags: Barack Obama, bench, biological weapon., change of plea, court, crime, James Everett Dutschke, judge, justice, law, legal, letter, Paul Kevin Curtis, President, ricin, Roger Wicker, Sadie Holland, Senator, terrorism
TUPELO — A Mississippi man accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a senator and a judge is scheduled to appear at change-of-plea hearing today, according to NBC News.
James Everett Dutschke, of Tupelo, has denied sending letters containing the deadly substance ricin. In November, while Dutschke was behind bars, he was charged again with attempting to get someone to send more letters containing the substance on his behalf.
Court documents show the hearing is set to take place at a U.S. District Court in Oxford at 1.30 p.m. today. Dutschke previously has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The most serious charge, production of a biological weapon, carries a potential life sentence.
Dutschke, 42, has been in jail since April on charges he sent the letters to Obama, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker and Judge Sadie Holland. Only Holland received the letters. She was not harmed.
Dutschke is also accused of trying to frame an Elvis impersonator named Paul Kevin Curtis for both the initial letters and the letters he allegedly attempted to send while in jail. Curtis initially was charged in the case, but the charges were dropped when the investigation shifted to Dutschke.
Source: NBC News
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