Defense: No Evidence to Charge Corinth Ricin Suspect

Defense: No Evidence to Charge Corinth Ricin Suspect

As a federal judge in Oxford, Miss. continues to hear testimony in the case of ricin-laced letters mailed to President Obama and a Mississippi senator, the defense claims there is no evidence to charge suspect Kevin Curtis.
OXFORD, MS (abc24.com) - As a federal judge in Oxford, Miss. continues to hear testimony in the case of ricin-laced letters mailed to President Obama and a Mississippi senator, the defense claims there is no evidence to charge Kevin Curtis.

After two days of testimony, Paul Kevin Curtis has still not been charged with any crime. FBI agents say they've got their man, but they have yet to present any physical proof.

The president, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and a Lee County judge were all targeted by the tainted letters, which were postmarked from Memphis, Tenn. on April 8. All three letters were intercepted at off-site mail facilities. 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth has since been accused of sending the letters.

Over the weekend, agents searched Curtis' home and car, along with his ex-wife's house. They found no trace of ricin or anything used to make ricin.

Curtis' computers were also seized. Investigators have not found any data pertaining to ricin.

"I got to tell you, I feel like Kevin is going to be vindicated of all of these charges and we can move forward to get Kevin the help he needs," said his brother, Jack Curtis.

"The evidence is lacking, it is not there," stated Kevin's attorney, Phillip H. Neilson. "You have information over the internet and Facebook and you've got millions of people that could access that, and that's what they have."

Curtis' other lawyer, Christie McCoy, asked, "My question to the government is are y'all really going to proceed with this? There's nothing here other than his Facebook." She said, "Not only you're denying a man his liberty, the longer they stay targeted on Kevin Curtis, the less likely that the true perpetrator will ever be tried and convicted."

Federal agents have traced all the letters, which were all mailed from Tupelo. An FBI agent testified they contain the crudest form of ricin, saying it was basically ground up castor beans that had been processed in a blender or coffee grinder.

The judge is expected to make a ruling Tuesday on whether Curtis will be charged and held for this crime.

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