Miss. ricin letters suspect pleads not guilty

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge.

The plea was made in a court filing Tuesday on behalf of James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo.

Dutschke is charged with sending the poison-tainted letters on April 8 to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

Dutschke had been scheduled for arraignment Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

His lawyer, George Lucas, waived Dutschke’s right to appear and entered not guilty pleas to all five charges.

Lucas had no comment when contacted Wednesday.

Dutschke, a former martial arts instructor, was arrested April 27. He is being held without bond in the Lafayette County jail.

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