April 30 - A Mississippi martial arts instructor suspected of mailing letters containing the deadly poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials appears in federal court. Sarah Charlton reports.
A martial arts instructor appeared in federal court on Monday (April 29), suspected of sending poisoned letters to officials including President Barack Obama. James Everett Dutschke was arrested last week after ricin-tainted letters were mailed to Obama and two other officials. The letters were intercepted before reaching their destinations. Another Mississippi man was initially held, but the charges against him were dropped after officials failed to find evidence of his involvement. Last week, Dutschke denied the allegations. SOUNDBITE: (English) JAMES EVERETT DUTSCHKE, CHARGED WITH MAILING LETTERS CONTAINING RICIN, SAYING: "I had absolutely nothing to do with those letters. And the person who was accused of sending those letters, her defence attorney, or his defence attorney said, steered them in my direction because I was probably an easy target." If convicted, Dutschke could face life in prison.