Ricin Case Bound Over to Grand Jury

Ricin Case Bound Over to Grand Jury

The Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. Senator and Mississippi judge will be held as the case is bound over to a grand jury.
OXFORD, MS (abc24.com) - The Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. Senator and Mississippi judge will be held as the case is bound over to a grand jury.

An FBI affidavit says that on April 22, James Everett Dutschke removed several items from his former martial arts studio in Tupelo, Miss.

The affidavit says tests indicated that items, including a dust mask, recovered from a trash can down the street from the studio tested positive for ricin.

The affidavit also says trace amounts of ricin were found in the studio, and that Dutschke bought castor beans, which are used to make ricin, on the Internet.

An FBI agent testified Thursday that a dust mask that tested positive for ricin also contained some of James Everett Dutshcke's DNA. The agent says another person's DNA was on the mask, but Dutshcke was the major contributor.

A federal judge in Oxford ruled that due to probable cause, Dutschke will be held by U.S. Marshals as the grand jury hears the case. Grand juries are secretive and it's not clear when one would hear evidence in the case.

Meanwhile, FBI agents expanded their search to a home in north Tupelo, although law enforcement would not specify the home's connection to Dutschke. He has previously denied sending the letters.
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