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.
Statement from FBI …via Djournal
James Everett Dutschke was arrested, without incident, at his residence in Tupelo, MS, at approximately 12:50 a.m. Saturday, April 27, by Special Agents of the FBI. Requests for any additional information concerning this matter must be addressed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Assistant to Chief Division Counsel/Public Affairs Specialist
Federal Bureau of Investigation/Jackson Field Office
*ON A PERSONAL NOTE– Lady Liberty and myself will report on this story regardless of where it takes us. So before the narrative is hijacked by pundit’s on the left or the right, chew on this….Dutschke has twice run for public office in Northeast Mississippi. In 2007, he unsuccessfully challenged Democratic incumbent Steve Holland for a seat in the state House of Representatives as a Republican. In 2008, he lost a bid for Lee County election commissioner as a Democrat. I mention this because there should be discussions on the alleged crime itself, not the politics behind it.
Miss. B Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Mississippi, announce:
James Everett Dutschke, age 41, of Tupelo, Mississippi, has been arrested on a Criminal Complaint charging him with knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin, and with attempting, threatening and conspiring to do the same, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 175(a). If convicted on this charge, Dutschke faces maximum possible penalties of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and 5 years of supervised release. Dutschke is expected to appear in the United States District Court in Oxford, Mississippi, on Monday, April 29, 2013, before U. S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander.
There has been no comment from Dutschke’s attorney, Lori Nail Basham, since the charges have been released to the public.
Steve Holland, son of Judge Holland, who was one of the intended victims of the “ricin” letter stated this to the Associated Press after the arrest and charges being released…
“I feel confident the FBI knows what they are doing. We’re ready for this long nightmare to be over,”
All the information we’ve gathered to far, including photographs, Facebook accounts, Twitter and more on James Everett Dutschke can be found here. A good run down of the story highlighting the feud between original suspect Kevin Curtis and the currently arrested James Dutschke can be found at The Daily Beast.