Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ricin letter suspect Paul Kevin Curtis released, investigation turns to rival

Ricin letter suspect Paul Kevin Curtis released, investigation turns to rival, The ricin letter investigation took a bizarre twist today when suspect Paul Kevin Curtis was released for lack of evidence. What once might have appeared like an open and shut case, has turned into a drama that centers on a feud between two Mississippi men.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that charges were dismissed against Paul Kevin Curtis, and that he was released from custody today. The case was dismissed in light of new information, according to a copy of the Order of Dismissal supplied to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

The FBI did not turn up any evidence of ricin or castor beans in the home or vehicle of Curtis, nor did they find any computer evidence that he had searched the web for ways to produce ricin. His attorney, Christi McCoy, raised concerns that Curtis may have been framed by someone who follows him on social media, because the ricin letters included phrases Curtis frequently used online, including his signature closing "I am KC and I approve this message".

The FBI turned its attention to former GOP state representative candidate J. Everett Dutschke, and his home was searched for evidence. Dutshcke and Curtis have been engaged in a series of online feuds. Investigators have begun searching for evidence in Dutscke's home to see if they can uncover anything that might associate him with the ricin letters that were sent addressed to President Barack Obama, Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker and Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland.

So far Dutshcke has not been arrested or charged in the case. Dutschke's criminal record includes a previous conviction for indecent exposure and he was also charged earlier this year with one count of child molestation but that case is still pending and he has not been convicted on that charge. At this time, neither Curtis nor Dutschke is under arrest, and all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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