FBI Links Ricin to Letters' Suspect

Investigators find traces at former business of James Everett Dutschke

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2013 3:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – The case against the new ricin suspect is looking a lot stronger than the one against the old suspect. An FBI affidavit says investigators found traces of ricin at the martial arts studio once owned by James Everett Dutschke, along with traces on a dust mask tossed in a nearby trash can, reports AP. Dutschke also bought a key ingredient in the poison, castor beans, over the Internet, says the filing. The Tupelo man is accused of sending tainted letters to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker, and a local judge, and the 41-year-old faces life in prison if convicted.

In this April 23 photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home.
In this April 23 photo, Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home.   (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File)
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