Mississippi Man Charged in Ricin Case

Posted at: 04/27/2013 9:28 PM

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities have charged an ex-martial arts instructor in Mississippi with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others.

FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke (DUHS'-kee) was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Saturday at his home in Tupelo.

The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent April 8 to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland.

Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss.

He faces life in prison if convicted.

His lawyer said in a text that she had no comment.