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More information became public on May 17th regarding the case against Ricin letter suspect James Everett Dutschke. According to documents filed in District Court, the records of three cell phones that belong to Dutschke and his wife are being looked into. It appears this is in response to the evasive actions taken by Dutschke between April 24 and April 25 to elude the FBI prior to his arrest on April 27.
In the early hours of the 24th while under surveillance, the FBI observed Dutschke and his wife visiting two separate banks withdrawing cash from both at 3:30 am. Upon returning to their residence, Dutschke got out of his van and waved to the agents. However, while the agents moved their vehicles to reposition them, Dutschke had jumped back into his van and left the scene. His movements and actions were unaccounted for the next 12 hours. The van was later found at Dutschke’s martial arts studio later the next afternoon.
Approximately at 8:00pm on the 24th, Dutschke was observed getting into the truck owned by Kirk Kitchens – a friend of Dutschke’s. Dutschke crouched in the back seat and, according to WTVA and the Djournal, he then covered himself with blankets. Kitchens then drove around for two hours taking “evasive routes”, according to court records. The pair drove only 22 miles outside of Tupelo to Kitchens parent’s home near Mantachie. Agents state that they never saw Dutschke leave that home. However, according to the Djournal, “Kitchens helped him slip out the back door, through the woods and to a rendezvous point where someone else picked him up.” His movements until later in the afternoon have yet to be accounted for.
Records indicate that James Dutschke was located in Ashland, Mississippi at 1:45 pm on April 25, some 70 miles away. It is not known at the present time who drove him to this location. When Kirk Kitchens was asked about the incident he said, “I just helped him get out of the spotlight,” – Source DJournal.
Where was Dutschke during this unaccounted for time? Who was the mystery person that he met in the woods? Could this be the connection to the two sets of DNA that were found on the dust mask? Updates will be posted as they come in. Continue reading
James Everett Dutschke will be in Federal court in Oxford, Mississippi today for preliminary detention hearing. Evidence will be heard by a U.S. Magistrate to determine whether or not there is enough to take the case to a grand jury and whether or not Dutschke should be held without bond or not.
The first man arrested in this case, an Elvis impersonator named Kevin Curtis, was released for lack of evidence other than quotes used in the letters that matched Curtis’ Facebook page and prior letters sent to Senator Wicker. Curtis’ attorney claimed that her client was being framed by one James Everett Dutschke who is also a performer. Dutschke has retained counsel for the hearing today from George Lucas who has so stayed quiet.
Dutschke has denied any involvement. His lawyer, George Lucas, declined comment. – Source: USA TODAY
This case has been strange from the start. Elvis impersonator to a man who impersonates Wayne Newton and performs in a band called Robodrum who is now being defended by a man named George Lucas. Seriously? You can’t make this stuff up.
Dutschke has maintained from the start that he did not send the letters laced with Ricin and went as far as to have a neighbor, Rory Key, video tape a statement of his innocence.[youtube=http://youtu.be/2XVwphYMyTc]
This statement was uploaded on April 23rd, just days before James Dutschke was arrested on April 27th. Rory Key apparently lives just down the street, but does not know Dustchke well:
Rory Key lives just down the street from Dutschke’s house. He said Dutschke came to his house while the FBI was searchingthe suspect’s home asking for a drink and a snack.
He said the suspect was more upset than nervous. Key said he doesn’t believe Dutscke committed the crime. He also said he didn’t know him that well because Dustchke kept to himself.
-Source ABC 13 Local
Key, it would seem, knew Dutschke well enough to invite him into his home and video tape him making a statement of innocence. In fact, Rory Key gave more than one statement and seemed to know quite a bit about what was happening inside the Dutschke home. The MCHerald reported:
Dutschke’s neighbors near his home at 344 Canal St. in Tupelo had mixed feelings on his guilt or innocence.
“I don’t think he did this. What would be his motivation?” said Rory Key, who lives a few houses down from Dutschke’s brick house. “You can only go on what a man tells you, and he told me he didn’t do it.”
Key said he provided a brief refuge for Dutschke during the day that several agencies searched his home looking for evidence of the deadly toxin. Key also interviewed Dutschke and posted the video on YouTube.
“This morning I met with the FBI, I consented to a search, signed a piece of paper saying go ahead and search the house, and they’re doing that right now,” Dutschke says to Key’s camera.
Key said he spoke to him after the search as well.
“He said he was trying to get his life back to normal. They took the P-traps out of his sink. They took the air filters,” said Key. “He said his whole house had a strange chemical smell.”
Many neighbors on the street didn’t want to comment publicly on the case because they didn’t know Dutschke, saying they would see him coming and going but that they never knew much about him.
Key said the surveillance and the search on Dutschke’s house left an impression because it looked just like it does on television and the movies.
“It got wild,” he said. “First it was the sheriff’s office, then the local police, and then the FBI and the Army showed up.”
He said neighbors were told by police to stay inside their homes for their own safety, but they weren’t kept from coming and going if they needed to leave.
“There were small aircraft flying at high altitudes for several days, and they were clearly circling the neighborhood,” Key said.
Key said that during one conversation, he and Dutschke joked about how Dutschke was going to see a movie and he wondered what movie the feds would like to see.
Perhaps Mr. Key was just being kind or really does believe Dutschke is innocent. Maybe the attention from the media was a novelty. Who knows. Personally, I would not have let someone into my home that was accused of child molestation and sending Ricin tainted letters to public officials, including the President, if I didn’t already know them pretty darn well.
We’ll have an update after the hearing. Continue reading
In an 8 page federal affidavit released just hours ago confirmed that items found at the Martial arts studio owned by James Everett Dutschke tested positive for the presence of Ricin. The affidavit also states the full note as it appeared in the envelopes to President Obama and Senator Wicker:
No one wanted to listen to me before.
There are still ‘Missing Pieces’ Maybe I have your attention now
Even if that means someone must die.
This must stop. To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance. I am KC and I approve this message
According the affidavit, a January search of Dutschke’s computer by local law enforcement revealed that on Dec. 31, someone downloaded a publication, “Standard Operating Procedure for Ricin,” and two hours later downloaded “Immunochromotography Detection of Ricin in Environmental and Biological Samples”. Continue reading
Just when you think this case could not get more tangled, according to Djournal an arrest has been made in Tupelo regarding the ricin tainted letters sent to both Senator Wicker and President Obama.
FBI, and Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton, confirmed Saturday morning that James Everett Dutschke was arrested at his home early this morning at 1:00 am. He was turned over to US Marshall’s without incident.
In a statement to the DJournal Jack Curtis, brother to Paul Kevin Curtis and former business partner of Dutschke said,
“If they have the evidence, let the chips fall where they may,” ….”I hate to speculate on anyone’s guilt until the evidence comes out, but it would further vindicate my brother.”
This case has mirrored the plot out of a Sherlock Holmes novel in more ways than I can count. So far, authorities have not released evidence found at any of the locations searched over the last couple days connected to Dutschke.
Rolling updates will come in as Lady Liberty and I get them.
In the mean time, please refer to the original stories on how this case of a alleged frame up has unfolded; Starting with the investigation and arrest of Paul Kevin Curtis, his subsequent release after no evidence linking him to the letters was found, and the change in direction authorities made in searching for the alleged sender and frame-up suspect. Continue reading