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
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)

(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.

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Spudsy
Apr 30, 2013 11:25 PM CDT
Hmmm. All of the conservative websites were blaming this crime on a "Democratic activist" a few days ago. Now a former GOP candidate is charged with it. Who would have thought? ANYONE WITH A BRAIN.
Halfhitch
Apr 30, 2013 9:30 PM CDT
I find it shocking that people still send letters.
Jojo
Apr 30, 2013 8:41 PM CDT
What!?!? You mean the man that planned an escape before he was wanted or had a warrant for his arrest, hid in the woods and had a friend help him hide out because he was being "targeted" has traces of ricin on his property?? This is an outrage!