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REAL DEAL Ricin Suspect Charged Rogelio V. Solis

Ricin Suspect Charged

James Everett Dutschke, the 41-year-old former martial arts instructor arrested Saturday in connection with the ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, has been charged with attempting to use a biological weapon. Authorities say the Mississippi man, who denied any involvement earlier in the week ("I respect President Obama and love my country"), now faces life imprisonment. The ricin letter case took a mysterious turn Friday, when the original suspect, Kevin Curtis—a part-time Elvis impersonator who Dutschke had one hired for a party—was released. Speculation is now swirling that the former karate instructor had tried to frame Curtis for the crime—an allegation Dutschke fiercely refutes. 

April 28, 2013 7:41 AM