New suspect charged in ricin letters case; former suspect's lawyers say he was framed

BRANDON, Miss. - A new suspect has been charged in the case of ricin-laced letters sent to lawmakers, while the lawyers of a former suspect say he was framed.

The arrest of 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor James Everett Dutschke in a probe of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama. Investigators initially zeroed in on a different man.

Federal authorities arrested Dutschke early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He is charged with making and possessing the poisonous ricin for use as a weapon.

Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford. He faces up to life in prison, if convicted.

Earlier in the week, Dutschke insisted he had nothing to do with the letters.

Charges were dropped previously against another man, 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis. Curtis' lawyers say he had been framed.

Dutschke's attorney, Lori Nail Basham, said she had no comment.

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