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Miss. man charged in suspicious letters case

  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home in connection with the letters, which allegedly contained ricin. They were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to 80-year-old Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home in connection with the letters, which allegedly contained ricin. They were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to 80-year-old Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home in connection with the letters, which allegedly contained ricin. They were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to 80-year-old Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home in connection with the letters, which allegedly contained ricin. They were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to 80-year-old Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • James Everett Dutschke works on his mini-van in his driveway in Tupelo Miss., Friday, April 26 2013.  Dutschke, 41, was arrested after midnight Saturday at his home by FBI special agents in connection with the letters, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said. The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. Madden said FBI special agents arrested Dutschke without incident. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

    James Everett Dutschke works on his mini-van in his driveway in Tupelo Miss., Friday, April 26 2013. Dutschke, 41, was arrested after midnight Saturday at his home by FBI special agents in connection with the letters, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said. The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. Madden said FBI special agents arrested Dutschke without incident. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • James Everett Dutschke works on his mini-van in his driveway in Tupelo Miss., Friday, April 26 2013.  Dutschke, 41, was arrested after midnight Saturday at his home by FBI special agents in connection with the letters, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said. The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. Madden said FBI special agents arrested Dutschke without incident. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

    James Everett Dutschke works on his mini-van in his driveway in Tupelo Miss., Friday, April 26 2013. Dutschke, 41, was arrested after midnight Saturday at his home by FBI special agents in connection with the letters, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said. The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. Madden said FBI special agents arrested Dutschke without incident. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

    ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

    ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

    ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

    James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

    James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home in connection with the letters, which allegedly contained ricin. They were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to 80-year-old Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home in connection with the letters, which allegedly contained ricin. They were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to 80-year-old Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • James Everett Dutschke works on his mini-van in his driveway in Tupelo Miss., Friday, April 26 2013.  Dutschke, 41, was arrested after midnight Saturday at his home by FBI special agents in connection with the letters, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said. The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. Madden said FBI special agents arrested Dutschke without incident. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • James Everett Dutschke works on his mini-van in his driveway in Tupelo Miss., Friday, April 26 2013.  Dutschke, 41, was arrested after midnight Saturday at his home by FBI special agents in connection with the letters, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said. The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent last week to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. Madden said FBI special agents arrested Dutschke without incident. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • ADDS SPECIFIC CHARGES - FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013 file photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home in connection with the sending of poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • ADDS CHARGES - James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT
  • James Everett Dutschke works on his minivan in his driveway in Tupelo, Miss., Friday, April 26, 2013. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Dutschke, 41, was arrested Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his Tupelo home. U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, announced later Saturday that Dutschke has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells) MANDATORY CREDIT

The FBI believes it has the right man this time in the tangled case of the ricin-laced letters mailed to President Obama and two other public officials. In the early-morning darkness yesterday, four days after authorities dropped charges against an Elvis impersonator in Mississippi, FBI agents arrested a man the impersonator had been feuding with – a
former radio announcer and onetime candidate for the
state legislature who recently was charged with child
molestation.

James Everett Dutschke, 41, was taken into custody about 12:50 a.m. yesterrday at his home in Tupelo, Miss., the FBI said. He could face life in prison on federal charges of “knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oxford, Miss.

Dutschke proclaimed his innocence last week, saying he had cooperated with investigators and insisting he had no idea how to manufacture ricin, a toxin derived from the castor bean plant that can kill quickly if inhaled. Lori Nail Basham, Dutschke’s attorney, declined to comment yesterday on her client’s arrest.

Dutschke had been the target of the investigation since the release from jail last week of Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Corinth, Miss. Curtis is the Elvis impersonator whom federal investigators initially charged with sending the poison letters to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

Holland said in a phone interview yesterday that she can’t imagine why Dutschke would have wanted to send her a poisoned letter, as authorities allege – “I have no earthly idea” – but she does remember having one unpleasant encounter with him.

In 2007, Dutschke ran as a Republican candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives against her son, Democratic state Rep. Steve Holland. The judge said she attended a rally at which Dutschke excoriated her son’s performance in office. She confronted him afterward.

“I told him: ‘This is no way to run a campaign. You need to tell the people what you will do and what you have done. Don’t run your opponent down,’ ” she said.

Days later, she said, Dutschke came to her office and apologized to her. His candidacy was not successful.

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