James Everett Dutschke Arrested in Ricin Letters Investigation

Everett Dutschke

James Everett Dutschke, a martial arts instructor from Tupelo Mississippi, has been arrested in connection with the letters laced with Ricin that were sent to President Obama and others.

“James Everett Dutschke, age 41, of Tupelo, Mississippi, has been arrested on a Criminal Complaint charging him with knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin, and with attempting, threatening and conspiring to do the same, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 175(a).”  Source:  The Mississippi dj Journal.

If convicted, he could receive life imprisonment, or a $250,000 fine, and 5 years of “supervised release”.

After a thorough search of his property and vehicles, the arrest came Saturday with no resistance from Dutschke.

Tuesday, charges were dropped against Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi, an Elvis impersonator, who had been arrested on April 17th.  The investigation of Dutschke began when his name was mentioned at a news conference Monday, the day before Curtis was released.

Dutschke was handed over to federal Marshalls and is expected to appear in the United States District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, on Monday, April 29, 2013, before U. S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander.

A Judge who was allegedly sent one of the poisoned letters had a connection with both men.

Judge Sadie Holland sentenced Curtis to 6 months in jail in 2004 for assaulting a Tupelo attorney.

Her son, Steve Holland, a Democratic state representative remembers Dutschke when they were at a rally in Verona.  He was running as a Republican against Holland.  After Dutschke made derogatory remarks about the Holland family, Judge Holland confronted him and demanded an apology, which Holland claims he rendered to the family.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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