JACKSON, Miss. – A federal grand jury has indicted a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials.
The 5-count indictment made public Monday charges 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke (pronounced DUHS'-kee) with developing, producing and stockpiling the poison ricin, threatening the president and others and attempting to impede the investigation.
If convicted on the charges, he could face life in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Dutschke was arrested April 27 at his home in Tupelo. He is suspected of mailing ricin-laced letters on April 8 to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.
Dutschke has denied any involvement.
Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis was originally arrested in the case, but the charges were dropped six days later.