Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Charges dropped against suspect in ricin letters case

Charges dropped against suspect in ricin letters case, According to NBC, charges were dropped Tuesday against Kevin Paul Curtis, the Mississippi man suspected of mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama and other public officials, as authorities searched the home of another man hoping to find clues in the expanding investigation.

In a court order dismissing the charges, prosecutors said the "ongoing investigation has revealed new information" without providing any additional detail.

Curtis was arrested last Wednesday at his home in Corinth, Miss. Two letters that initially tested positive for ricin, a poison, had been found earlier in the week -- one addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and one to President Obama.

But in a preliminary hearing after his arrest, FBI officials said they had not discovered evidence of ricin or ricin-making materials at Curtis' home, nor did they find evidence he'd searched for ricin over the Internet.

Christi McCoy, Curtis' attorney, told CNN she believed her client had been framed. The Clarion Ledger newspaper reported that law enforcement officials searched the house of a second Mississippi man in connection with the case.

"I respect President Obama and love my country. I would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. official," Kevin Paul Curtis said at a news conference Tuesday.

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