Charge over Obama ricin letter

A martial arts instructor from Mississippi has been charged with attempting to use a biological weapon after ricin-laced letters were sent to Barack Obama and other officials.

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Man to appear in court over Obama poison letter

A Mississippi martial arts instructor has been charged with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others.

Everett Dutschke in his driveway in Tupelo Mississippi. Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Wells

US attorney Felicia C Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, made the announcement today following the arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke.

FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said Dutschke was arrested at his house in Tupelo.

The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent on April 8 to Obama, Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland.

Dutschke is expected to appear on Monday in US District Court in Oxford, Mississippi.

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