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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 week in which investigators initially ...

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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 home in Tupelo. He was ...

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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 link between two men who ...

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Trial to continue of man accused of mailing ricin

OXFORD — More discussion was likely today of the mental state of the Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. Christi McCoy, defense attorney for Paul Kevin Curtis, said yesterday she expects testimony from David Daniels, a Tupelo attorney who says Curtis threatened him after a rehearsal for an ...

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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters described as troubled

CORINTH — The stories from family and acquaintances of a Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials describe a caring father and enthusiastic musician who struggled with mental illness and pursued a conspiracy theory to its farthest reaches. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, wrote numerous Web posts over the past several years describing the event ...

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New bill makes terrorism punishable by death

JACKSON — Mississippi is set to add terrorism to the list of crimes that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed. “The governor intends to sign this public safety measure,” Gov. Phil Bryant’s spokesman, Mick Bullock, told The Associated Press. Mississippi prosecutors already can pursue the death penalty if a victim is killed while certain other ...

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