Change of plea hearing in Miss. poison letter case

AP News
Posted: Jan 17, 2014 3:00 AM

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for a man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials.

Court documents show a hearing for James Everett Dutschke is scheduled for Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

Dutschke previously pleaded not guilty and denied sending the letters. He also denied a charge that he tried to recruit someone else to send a ricin-tainted letter while he was in jail.

The 42-year-old Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, and a Mississippi judge. The judge was the only one to receive a letter, though she was not harmed.

Dutschke is accused of trying to frame Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, who was initially charged until the investigation shifted to Dutschke.