Family Supports MS Man Accused of Mailing Ricin to President, Senator

Family Supports MS Man Accused of Mailing Ricin to President, Senator

It's still unclear if there is any ricin inside a Corinth man's home charged with trying to poison the president and Senator Roger Wicker.
OXFORD, MS -- It's still unclear if there is any ricin inside a Corinth man's home charged with trying to poison the president and Senator Roger Wicker.

Paul Kevin Curtis appeared before a judge today in Oxford. FBI agents couldn't say whether there was any poison inside his home, because they are waiting on lab tests.

Meanwhile, Friday's hearing was continued until Monday. That means prosecutors and Curtis' defense team will spend the weekend going through evidence.

Curtis maintains his innocence and his family is standing by him.

"There has been no evidence provided in anyway that would make me think my brother is guilty," Jack Curtis said outside the federal courthouse Friday night.

"I have an open mind," his daughter Madison Curtis told reporters. "After hearing all the evidence, which there wasn't any at this point, I'm going to go through the rest of this journey seeing what God has in store."

In the preliminary hearing Friday, attorneys argued over the evidence and whether Curtis can be held without bond.

"He is adamant he did not do this," says his lawyer Christie McCoy. "He is adamant he has never been in possession of castor beans or ricin."

"Most of his family will tell you he has had some emotional issues in the past. That does not make him guilty of this crime."

A special agent with the FBI testified for several hours detailing how Curtis was developed as a suspect.

Investigators used postings on his social media accounts. The FBI also found clues in the envelopes the ricin threats were mailed in. Agents say indentations where the return address would be listed two of Curtis' former addresses.

"If you were going to send something and put your initials in there and put your quote that you put on everything: 'I approve this message'. That sounds like you're saying come get me. Here I am. I'm your man. He's not that stupid," Jack said.

Hazmat crews spent the last two days checking Curtis' Corinth Mississippi home for weapons and poison. Agents plan to spend the weekend searching it. Meanwhile attorneys for both sides will be building their case.

"On Monday they should be finished with the search of his house. So on Monday the truth should be told about what is in there and if there is anything consistent with someone who's been cooking up ricin," McCoy added.

Monday's court hearing begins at 10 a.m.
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