OXFORD, Miss. — A Mississippi man charged with making a deadly poison sent to President Barack Obama and others was ordered held without bail until a hearing this week when prosecutors are expected to describe what evidence they have against him.
James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo made a brief appearance Monday in federal court wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled. Authorities spent several days last week searching his home and former business but have said little about the suspect beyond a news release announcing the charge of making and possessing ricin over the weekend.
Dutschke's arrest early Saturday capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of Dutschke's, Paul Kevin Curtis, then decided they had the wrong man. Dutschke has denied involvement in the mailing of the letters, which were sent to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and retired Mississippi Judge Sadie Holland.
The judge ordered Dutschke, 41, to remain jailed until a preliminary and detention hearing scheduled for Thursday. More details are likely to emerge at that hearing, when prosecutors have to show they have enough evidence to hold him.