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Dutschke waives arraignment on new ricin indictment

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 12/03/2013 12:04 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- James Everett Dutschke has waived a Wednesday hearing and pleaded not guilty to a new indictment in the ricin investigation.

His attorney submitted the paperwork to the U. S. District Court in Oxford Wednesday.

Dutschke, 42, of Tupelo was arrested earlier this year on a federal indictment related to the letters that officials say contained ricin.

He was reindicted on November 21 by a federal grand jury on additional charges after he is accused of trying to have the biological weapon made from his jail cell.

Dutschke has been held without bond on charges of producing and stockpiling a biological weapon, threatening the president, mailing threatening communications and concealing the fact he sent the letters since April.

The new indictment says in June, Dutschke attempted to have other people acquire the ingredients, tools and implements to produce ricin and then put it into an envelope and mailed to U. S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

The indictment says the envelope was to contain a note that would make it appear the note was sent by Kevin Curtis.

According to court documents the note reads: It doesn't matter the Fife types have the wrong one. D. had to be sacrificed to show the corruption in the system. I tried to warn you. Ha. K

The original charges came from letters mailed in April to the President Obama, Sen. Wicker and Lee County Circuit Court Judge Sadie Holland.

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