Second Possible Ricin Suspect Speaks to ABC 24

Second Possible Ricin Suspect Speaks to ABC 24

For the second time in less than a week, federal agents are searching a Mississippi home as part of the ricin-laced mail investigation. But this time they're not searching the home of Kevin Curtis, whose charges were dismissed Tuesday.
TUPELO, MS (abc24.com) - For the second time in less than a week, federal agents are searching a Mississippi home as part of the ricin-laced mail investigation.

On Tuesday, FBI agents, in full HAZMAT outfits, raided the Tupelo home of Everett Dutschke, a well-known local figure.

"I have never seen anything this blown out of proportion," Dutschke said during one of many interviews during the raid.

Dutschke said he met with FBI agents for a 2-hour interview last week and let them look around his home. On Tuesday morning, he said he signed a consent letter allowing the FBI to search again. He says agents entered his house around 10:30 am.

Dutschke maintains he is innocent of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. Senator and a Mississippi judge.

"Yesterday Oxford attorney and defense attorney for Kevin Curtis, Christie McCoy, said that the FBI should look into me, so today I consented to a search," Dutschke said. "Right now they're doing a very, very thorough search of the house. They say it may take several, several hours… It's already been several hours ongoing."

He continued, "Me and my family, we're scared, we're concerned, and we don't know what's going on. I've been trying to follow the story for a week; I've been trying to talk to the FBI for a week."

As for the connection between Curtis and Dutschke, "I have no relationship with Kevin Curtis," he said. "I've met the gentleman on two occasions, as I said earlier, and that was it. It was many, many years ago."

Dutschke says the two also exchanged emails after Dutschke confronted Curtis about a Mensa certificate Curtis posted online. Dutschke claimed the certificate is fake.

"Instead of you know, wanting to defend her client, she just said that guy did it, kind of like OJ wanted to find the real killer," Dutschke said, referring to McCoy.

During his interview with abc24.com, Dutschke claimed he never handled ricin. When asked if he had searched how to make ricin on his computer, he said he had searched "ricin" and "Kevin Curtis" thousands of times in the last week.

Dutschke, 41, is currently free on $25,000 bond after pleading not guilty to charges of fondling children. Dutschke entered the plea April 15 to charges involving inappropriate contact with three girls younger than 16. The alleged incidents took place between 2007 and January of 2013, when he is charged with fondling a 7-year-old girl.

Dutschke was a Republican candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2007. He lost the race.

"Everyone has something suspicious in their house but no, there is nothing related to these letters," he said.

After talking with his lawyer, Dutschke said he could not talk anymore. He said he had no comment Tuesday evening to word charges against Kevin Curtis had been dropped by federal prosecutors.
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