Poison-letters suspect faces detention hearing

Ricin Case
Posted at 7:22 AM, May 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-02 05:30:24-04

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — 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 Thursday 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 (pronounced DUHS'-kee) 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.