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By The Associated Press
Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:18 p.m.

OXFORD, Miss. — A Mississippi man's house is uninhabitable since investigators searched it but failed to find evidence of the deadly poison ricin, a lawyer said on Monday, arguing that the government should repair the home.

Kevin Curtis was once charged in the mailing of poisoned letters to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge, but the charges were dropped. The investigation shifted last week to another man who had a falling out with Curtis, and that suspect appeared in court on a charge of making ricin.

Curtis' lawyer has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams demanding that Curtis be provided temporary housing and the government repair his Corinth, Miss., home and possessions. She also wants the government to pay his legal bills.

“To be specific, Mr. Curtis' home is uninhabitable. I have seen a lot of post-search residences, but this one is quite disturbing. The agents removed art from the walls, broke the frames and tore the artwork. Mr. Curtis offered his keys, but agents chose to break the lock,” the letter says.

Although attorneys for Curtis say their client was framed, McCoy believes whoever sent the letters had a primary goal of targeting the public officials. Curtis has said that he feuded with the man now charged in the case, James Everett Dutschke.

Curtis, a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator, was arrested on April 17. The charges were dropped six days later, and he was released from jail.

Once Curtis was released, the focus turned to Dutschke. In court on Monday, a judge ordered that Dutschke be held without bond until a preliminary and detention hearing on Thursday. More details are likely to emerge at that hearing.

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