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New trial date set for James Dutschke

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Updated: 7/09/2013 10:49 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The judge presiding over the case against James Everett Dutschke has set an official trial date for October 7.

The 41-year-old, from Tupelo, who is accused of sending ricin laced letters to the president and other elected officials was granted a delay Monday by a federal judge.

The original court date was July 29.

Dutschke was charged as a defendant in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury sitting in the Northern District of Mississippi in June.

The indictment charges Dutschke with one count of knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin, and with attempting to do the same, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 175(a) (if convicted on this charge, Dutschke faces maximum possible penalties of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and 5 years of supervised release).

One count of threatening the President of the United States by mail, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 871 (maximum penalties of 5 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release).

Two counts of threatening others by mail, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 876(c) (maximum penalties of 20 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release), and one count of falsifying, concealing and covering up by trick, scheme and fraudulent device, material facts, to impede the investigation of threatening letters containing ricin, in an effort to make it appear that someone else had sent the threatening letters, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001 (maximum penalties of 5 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release). 

 
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