Dutschke Indicted in Poisoned Letters Case

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Jackson, Miss.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and other officials.

The 5-count indictment charges 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke with developing, producing and stockpiling the poison ricin, threatening the president and others and attempting to impede the investigation.

If convicted, he could face life in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Dutschke was arrested April 27 at his home in Tupelo. He is suspected of mailing ricin-laced letters on April 8 to Obama, Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

Dutschke's lawyer, George Lucas, told The Associated Press in an email Monday that Dutschke will plead not guilty to each of the five charges.

At one time, Dutschke was a deejay in Meridian who used the name Dusty Wolfe on the air.