Charges were dropped Tuesday against Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, the man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Lee County judge.
At 5 p.m., Curtis appeared in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse with his attorneys, Christi McCoy and Hal Neilson who announced that all charges against Curtis had been dropped. Curtis said the experience was a learning experience and thanked God for sending McCoy to him.
The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means they could be re-instated if prosecutors so choose.
A preliminary and detention hearing was scheduled for this morning, but was later canceled. McCoy announced there would be a press conference later in the afternoon.
In Tupelo, law enforcement officers converged on the home of Everett Dutschke, who has been involved with an ongoing dispute with Curtis, a musician and Elvis impersonator. During a hearing Friday, McCoy suggested Dutschke may have framed Curtis, who said at the press conference he didn’t really know what started the fight between the two men. As of this evening, Dutschke had not been arrested.
Attorneys with the U.S. Attorney’s Office were not present during the press conference.