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Global Security Newswire

Alleged Mississippi Ricin Mailer Expected to Change Plea

January 17, 2014

A Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-filled letters to President Obama and others could be on the verge of changing his not-guilty plea.

A change-of-plea hearing was to take place on Friday in the case of Everett Dutschke, who has been federally charged with sending ricin by mail in 2013 to the White House, the office of Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and one other person, the Associated Press reported, citing court documents.

No one was injured in the biological attacks.

 

Authorities allege that Dutschke, 42, sent the letters as part of a scheme concocted to get revenge on a rival -- Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis. In addition, after his arrest and imprisonment, Dutschke allegedly tried to recruit someone on the outside to send another ricin letter to Wicker and make it appear to have come from Curtis.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

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