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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters makes brief court appearance

TUPELO — A Mississippi man appeared briefly in court today on a charge that he made a deadly poison that was sent in letters to President Barack Obama, a senator and a judge. James Everett Dutschke was brought to federal court in Oxford wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled. The 41-year-old suspect said […] [...]

Terrorist acts now carry the death penalty with new law

JACKSON — Acts of terrorism will be added to the list of crimes in Mississippi that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2223 this past week. It takes effect July 1. Mississippi prosecutors already can pursue the death penalty if a victim is killed […] [...]

Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters due in court

TUPELO — A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court today on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a […] [...]

Dutschke charged with sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a case of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of James Everett Dutschke, then decided they had the wrong man. Federal authorities arrested Dutschke early Saturday at his […] [...]

Man investigated in ricin letters case goes into hiding

TUPELO — A Mississippi man whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into poisoned letters sent to the president and others has dropped out of sight in order to escape the news media spotlight, but is cooperating with authorities, a friend and his attorney said. Everett Dutschke, 45, had his home […] [...]

Mystery thickens around who sent ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — Of three ricin-laced letters mailed this month to public officials, only one made it into the hands of an intended target, 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. Investigators are working to piece together what motivated someone to send the letters to her, President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. Holland is a common […] [...]

Second Mississippian implicated in ricin-laced letters scheme

TUPELO — Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man implicated in the mailing of ricin-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, whose Tupelo home was searched yesterday by dozens of officials, some […] [...]

AP: Ricin mail suspect described body-parts conspiracy

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and sometimes performed as an Elvis Presley impersonator. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Corinth, near the Tennessee […] [...]

FBI: Ricin letter suspect ID’d as Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth

OXFORD, Miss. — The FBI has identified a Mississippi man suspected of mailing letters containing poisonous ricin as 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Curtis was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his apartment in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line about 100 miles east of Memphis. Authorities still waited for […] [...]

Mississippian arrested, accused of sending ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A man in Mississippi has been arrested and accused of sending letters with suspected ricin poison to President Barack Obama and other leaders.   FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said the man was arrested today. His name wasn’t immediately released publicly. However, at least two sources, “NBC News” and the Clarion-Ledger, […] [...]

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