Ricin letters case remains open

9:58 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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TUPELO, Miss. - The case of ricin-laced letters remains open after charges were dropped against an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi who has maintained since his arrest last week that he had nothing to do with the case.

Law enforcement officers, including some in hazmat suits, converged on a home in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, but they have not arrested the man who lives there.

Everett Dutschke tells The Associated Press that the search of his home was the FBI's second in connection to the mailings and the situation is becoming stressful. Dutschke maintains he has no idea how to make ricin and had nothing to do with sending the poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge.

Paul Kevin Curtis, who was released from custody Tuesday, says the same thing. The 45-year-old says he realizes letters he's sent to Wicker in the past claiming to have found black-market body parts while working at a hospital made him an easy target. But Curtis says he respects the president, loves his country and would never "pose a threat" to a government official.

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