Miss. man charged in ricin letters case

Everett Dutschke waits for federal authorities to search his home in Tupelo, Miss., April 23, 2013.
Everett Dutschke waits for federal authorities to search his home in Tupelo, Miss., April 23, 2013.
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| Saturday, April 27, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

BRANDON, Miss. — Authorities have charged a Mississippi man with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others.

U.S. attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, made the announcement in a news release Saturday following the arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke.

FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said Dutschke (pronounced DUHS'-kee) was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Saturday at his house Tupelo.

The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent April 8 to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland.

Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss.

He faces life in prison if convicted.

His lawyer said in a text that she had no comment.

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