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Man in Ricin Letter Probe Released; Second Home Searched

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 02:09 PM


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The Mississippi man charged with sending toxic letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator has been released from jail, the U.S. Marshals Service said on Tuesday, and the home of a second man was being searched in connection with the case.

Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was released from jail on bond, Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Missisippi.

Hal Neilson, one of the attorneys representing Paul Kevin Curtis, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that charges have not yet been dropped against Curtis. He says Curtis is out on bond but that conditions of the bond are sealed by the court.

Curtis was released from the Lafayette County Detention Center where he has been held since his arrest last Wednesday.

Authorities didn't explain why Curtis was released. An FBI agent testified this week that no ricin was found at Curtis' home.

His attorney has said he's innocent and may have been framed.

Meanwhile, Everett Dutschke said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the FBI was at his home Tuesday for a search related to the mailing of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. Senator and a Mississippi judge.

Dutschke has maintained his innocence and said he doesn't know anything about the ingredients for ricin.

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