Hearing resumes Tuesday for Miss. ricin suspect

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — More discussion is likely Tuesday of the mental state of 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, said Monday she expects testimony from David Daniels, a Tupelo attorney who says Curtis threatened him after a rehearsal for an Elvis impersonators’ show Daniels helped organize in 2002. Also expected is testimony about Curtis’ suicide attempt in Chicago in 1991.

On Monday, FBI Agent Brandon Grant testified that Friday searches of Curtis’ vehicle and house in Corinth, Miss., found no ricin, ingredients for the poison, or devices used to make it. A search of Curtis’ computers found no evidence he researched making ricin.

McCoy says the failure bolsters Curtis’ claims of innocence.

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