Alleged Mississippi Ricin Mailer Expected to Change Plea

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Jan. 17, 2014, 9 a.m.

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.


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