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Man charged with sending ricin to Obama to change plea

Everett Dutschke speaks to the media as federal officials search his property in Tupelo, Mississippi, April 23, 2013.
By Reuters

A Mississippi man accused of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and two other public officials, and pinning them on an Elvis impersonator, is expected in U.S. court on Friday to change his plea, court documents showed.

James Everett Dutschke has been jailed since his arrest last April, when authorities accused him of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and a judge.

Ricin is a highly toxic protein found in castor oil plants that can kill an adult human in tiny doses.

Dutschke is due in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, at 1:30 p.m. local time, according to a hearing notice filed with the court.

He previously pleaded not guilty to five counts of a grand jury indictment and denied sending the letters.

Dutschke also pleaded not guilty on Dec. 3 to a new charge that he tried to continue the scheme from jail..

An initial indictment in June said Dutschke tried to frame Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator, by lifting phrases from Curtis’ Facebook account to make it look as though he was responsible for the letters.

The charges against Dutschke carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. A trial was set for May.


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