TUPELO, Miss. - A Mississippi martial arts instructor is expected to appear in a federal court on Monday to face charges in connection with the mailing of letters containing the deadly poison ricin to US President Barack Obama and other American officials.
Everett Dutschke, 41, was arrested on Saturday in Tupelo, Miss., after authorities searched his former business and home. He was held in custody over the weekend and will make his first court appearance before a US magistrate in Oxford on Monday.
His arrest came about two weeks after suspicious letters intended for Obama and US Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi were intercepted in Washington. Tests showed they were tainted with ricin, a highly lethal poison made from castor beans. Another such letter was sent to a Mississippi state judge.