Former Miss. House Candidate Arrested In Ricin-Tainted Mailing Case

CBS New York

TUPELO, Miss. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A onetime Mississippi State House candidate whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into ricin-tainted letters has been arrested in the case, according to the FBI.

J. Everett Dutschke, 41, was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Saturday at his Tupelo home by FBI special agents in connection with the letters, FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said. The letters, which allegedly contained ricin, were sent last week to President Barack Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and earlier to an 80-year-old Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland.

Madden said FBI special agents arrested Dutschke without incident. She said additional questions should be directed to the U.S. attorney’s Oxford, Miss., office, which did not immediately respond to messages Saturday.

Dutschke’s attorney, Lori Nail Basham, did not immediately respond to phone or text messages Saturday. Basham said earlier this week that Dutschke was “cooperating fully” with investigators. Dutschke has insisted…

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