Ricin Letters Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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Jackson, Miss.

A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and other officials has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment.

James Everett Dutschke, 42, was scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Oxford, but his lawyer filed a waiver of appearance and entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland.

A new indictment Nov. 20 says Dutschke, while incarcerated, tried to recruit someone to make more ricin and send it to Wicker.

The indictment says Dutschke was again trying to frame Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, the man he's accused of trying to set up the first time.