Ricin Suspect Charged

    Federal agents wearing hazmat suits inspect the grounds around the house owned by Everett Dutschke, in connection with the recent ricin attacks, as one of his dogs howls Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Tupelo, Miss. No charges have been filed against Dutschke and he hasn’t been arrested. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Rogelio V. Solis

    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. 

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