Suspect In Ricin Letters Case Could Face Life In Prison (Updated)

NPR | April 29, 2013 3:13 a.m.

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Bill Chappell

Federal agents who are investigating poison-laced letters that were sent to President Obama and others have arrested Everett Dutschke, of Tupelo, Miss. The Daily Journal of Tupelo reports that the arrest occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to the president, letters containing the poison ricin were sent to Sen. Roger Wicker, and a judge in Mississippi. No charges have been filed against Dutschke, but the AP reports that it has confirmation from the FBI that his arrest is tied to the ricin investigation.

The FBI, the Capitol Police and other aw enforcement personnel have searched Dutschke’s property several times in the past two weeks, including Tuesday, when technicians in hazmat suits were sent to his home. Agents also searched his taekwondo studio in Tupelo.

Police “maintained a presence all week in Dutschke’s Canal Street neighborhood, setting up an observational parameter around his home,” The Daily Journal reports.

Dutschke has granted several interviews, including a phone conversation with the AP Tuesday, as he waited for his home was searched.

“I’m a patriotic American. I don’t have any grudges against anybody. I did not send the letters,” he said.

As we reported earlier this week, federal authorities released Paul Kevin Curtis and dropped all charges against him Tuesday.

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