Neighbors react to Tupelo man's arrest in ricin case

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Updated: 4/27/2013 8:20 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Some residents of east Tupelo had a strong reaction to the Saturday morning arrest of J. Everett Dutschke. 

"If he did the crime, he needs to do the time," said Jaqueline Trimble, Tupelo resident.

That's the immediate response from one person upon finding out that he had been taken into custody.

For people like her and others, it's been a busy week on South Canal Street.

"It's been pretty uneasy going back and forth, back and forth," adds Trimble. "Like I said, if he did the crime, he better do the time."

Once word had spread about Dutschke's arrest, reaction from neighbors and those in the community was fairly strong.

"Well I'm glad they got him," said Dennis Carlock, Tupelo resident. "Like I told a bunch of them before, I don't care how they got him as long as they got him out of the neighborhood."

"[I'll feel better] as long as they get the right one. They need to get somebody," said Robert Comer, Tupelo resident.

Not everybody wanted to comment on camera, but those who have had previous encounters with him say they have no doubt he is capable of something this elaborate.

"Well, I'm going to say he's smart enough to do something like that," said Carlock. "He's a very intelligent person. I found that out when we took him to court. He knows the loops and everything, so yes, he's capable of doing it."

For now, neighbors and people those who call East Tupleo their home are in a waiting game, hoping to put this event behind them as quickly as possible.

Dutschke is expected to appear in court in Oxford on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander.

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