Man linked to ricin letters to Obama pleads not guilty

June 6, 2013 04:10

TUPELO - A Mississippi martial arts instructor has pleaded not guilty to charges he sent ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and two other public officials.

James Everett Dutschke, 41, who was arrested on April 27, pleaded not guilty to all five counts of a grand jury indictment, court records filed on Tuesday showed.His trial has been set for July 29 and Dutschke faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for threatening the president and others by mail and "possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system for use as a weapon."

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