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Man pleads not guilty of sending ricin-laced letter to Obama

Man pleads not guilty of sending ricin-laced letter to Obama

Dutschke is charged with sending the poison-tainted letters on April 8 to President Barack Obama.

Jackson (US): A man has pleaded not guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a US senator and a local judge. The plea was made in a court filing on Tuesday on behalf of James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo.

Dutschke is charged with sending the poison-tainted letters on April 8 to Obama, US Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland. Dutschke had been scheduled for arraignment tomorrow in US 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 on Wednesday.

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

first published:June 06, 2013, 07:58 IST