Published April 28, 2013
BRANDON, Miss. – The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a probe of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a different man.
Federal authorities arrested James Everett Dutschke (DUHS'-kee) early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He is charged with making and possessing the poisonous ricin for use as a weapon.
Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford. He faces up to life in prison, if convicted.
Earlier in the week, Dutschke insisted he had nothing to do with the letters.
Charges were dropped previously against another man, 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis. Curtis' lawyers say he had been framed.
Dutschke's attorney, Lori Nail Basham, said she had no comment.