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.
UPDATE: Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, has been released according to federal marshals. More information to come soon. 12: 15 p.m.
Officials have canceled the third day of a hearing for the Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge.
Christi McCoy, defense attorney for Paul Kevin Curtis, says that federal authorities and defense attorneys will speak to reporters at 5 p.m. CDT about the case.
The announcement came 90 minutes after the hearing was supposed to start in federal court. Lawyers spent that time conferring with the judge. Later, Curtis and family members were escorted into a meeting room with his lawyers.
Read The Oxford EAGLE for updates. (April 23, 2013, Page 1)
The man accused of sending letters laced with ricin is due to appear in court today for a continuation of a preliminary and detention hearing that started on Friday. (April 22, 2013, Page 1, 14)
Paul Kevin Curtis, who is being accused of sending letters laced with the deadly toxin to President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, is due to appear in court today in Oxford for a hearing on whether or not he deserves bond. (April 19, 2013, Page 1A)
The Corinth man accused of mailing letters laced with a poison to President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker was transferred to the Lafayette County Detention Center where he is being held pending a court hearing. (April 18, 2013, Page 1, 5)
Paul Kevin Curtis, the man accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other leaders, appeared in court late Thursday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander for his first-appearance hearing with his court-appointed attorney Christi McCoy. Curtis is being charged with knowingly using the U.S. Postal Service to inflict harm upon the President of the United States and knowingly using the U.S. Postal Service to inflict injury on other people. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison, $500,000 in fines and three years of supervised release.
Alexander scheduled a preliminary bond hearing for 3 p.m. Friday in the U.S. District Court in Oxford.
The government is requesting Curtis be held without bond because they believe he is a “danger to the community.”
Read Friday’s EAGLE for the full story or check www.oxfordeagle.com for updates. (April 18, 2013)
An online post made in 2007 establishes a possible connection between Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo that dates back about six years.
Curtis was arrested about 5 p.m. Wednesday by FBI and other law enforcement agents at his apartment in Corinth and is believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the U.S. Postal Service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin.
The letters were sent to Pres. Barack Obama, Wicker and a justice court judge in Tupelo.
Federal authorities were in Tupelo on Wednesday investigating the letters. Both letters were signed: “I am KC and I approve this message.”
According to the FBI, Curtis has been sending emails to Wicker and other elected officials for several years.
(more…) (April 18, 2013)
At approximately 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, FBI Special Agents arrested Paul Kevin Curtis, the individual believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the U. S. Postal Service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin. The letters were addressed to a U. S. Senator, the White House, and a Mississippi justice official.
(more…) (April 17, 2013)