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FBI looking into cellphone usage in ricin investigation

Tupelo (Drew Powell, WTVA)
Tupelo (Drew Powell, WTVA)
Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 5/16/2013 4:07 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- More information has become public in the investigation into ricin-laced letters mailed to President Barack Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

Documents filed in U. S. District Court show federal agents have received warrants to search three cellphones owned by James Everett Dutschke, 41, and his wife.

The filings made public on Thursday say FBI agents had Dutschke under surveillance when he and his wife went to two banks and withdrew cash around 3:30 a.m. on April 24.

They say the couple returned home and Dutschke waived to agents when he got out of his van.

The documents say that while agents were repositioning their vehicle, Dutchke left the scene and was unaccounted for until he arrived at the location of his former martial arts studio 12 hours later.

The court records say Dutschke got into a vehicle owned by an acquaintance around 8 p.m. that night, laid in the back of the vehicle, and was covered with blankets.

They say the driver took an evasive route in an attempt to elude law enforcement and spent nearly two hours driving 22 miles from Tupelo to a home near Mantachie.

The document says the agents watched the home and never saw Dutschke or a vehicle leave.

The records say agents determined he was in Ashland around 1:45 p.m. on April 25, but are not sure how he traveled to the Benton County town.

They say he did contact his mother by cellphone around 9 a.m. that morning.

Dutschke is currently being held in the Lafayette County Adult Detention Center without bond.
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