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Court hearing continued for accused ricin writer

A preliminary hearing and detention hearing held Friday afternoon was continued until Monday for the man accused of sending threatening letters containing the toxin ricin to President Barack Obama and two Mississippians. Authorities say he sent a third threatening letter to a Mississippi judge, though that letter is still being tested for the presence of ricin. Curtis has denied making the ricin and mailing the letters.
During the hearing which began at 3 p.m. Friday at the Federal Courthouse in Oxford, he turned around and mouthed the words “I didn’t do it” to a young woman.
The government filed a request to continue the hearing until Monday, but U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander denied the request at the start of the hearing; however, she continued the hearing to Monday after two-hours of testimony on Friday.
Agent Brandon M. Grant testified at the hearing.
Check The Oxford EAGLE on Monday for updates. (April 19, 2013)

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