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Poison-letters suspect faces detention hearing

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago May 02, 2013 May 2, 2013 Thursday, May 02 2013 May 02, 2013 6:22 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. - The former martial arts instructor suspected of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others is scheduled to face his preliminary and detention hearing this morning.

Forty-one-year-old James Everett Dutschke was arrested Saturday at his Tupelo, Miss., home by FBI agents and is being held without bond pending the hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

Federal prosecutors are expected to argue that he should remain jailed because he's a danger and flight risk.

Dutschke is the second man to be charged in the case. The first, 45-year-old Elvis impersonator Kevin Curtis, says Dutschke framed him. Charges were dropped against Curtis.

An FBI affidavit made public Tuesday says tests found traces of ricin in Dutchke's former martial arts studio.

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