Breaking: Ricin Letters Suspect Paul Kevin Curtis Released from Custody

curtisAfter a sweep of Paul Kevin Curtis’ property and computer turned up absolutely zero evidence connecting him to a string of ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and others, the feds have been forced to release him from jail.

UPDATE: Curtis has been released on bond. Police are now searching the home of Everett Dutschke. Curtis’ attorney had suggested that Dutschke, an enemy of Curtis’, may have framed his client. 

Via AP:

A federal official says the man charged with sending poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge has been released from jail.

Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss., says Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody.

Woodfin says he doesn’t know if there were any conditions on the release.

The development comes hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Christi McCoy, defense attorney for Curtis says that federal authorities and defense attorneys will speak to reporters at 5 p.m. CDT about the case.

Yesterday, based on what she said was a lack of evidence linking Curtis to the case, McCoy called for the case to be dropped against her client.

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7 Comments on "Breaking: Ricin Letters Suspect Paul Kevin Curtis Released from Custody"

  1. mindofsound | Apr 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm |

    And… if there’s no evidence, then what reason did they have to arrest or suspect him to begin with?

    • Mostly because he was the first person they found with a history of sending angry letters to both the judge and the state elected officials involved. Given his feud with two of the three letter recipients…they jumped the gun and arrested him in a hurry…and now it turns out that they have nothing else to connect him. Theres a lesson in there for the feds about jumping to conclusions…but I’m betting that in last weeks confusion they felt it was better to look like they were ahead of the game than to be careful and prudent.

      • Hilariously, the new suspect has a history of feuding with Curtis through email in addition to having lost an congressional election to the son of the judge who was one of the ricin letter recipients. The movie they inevitably make out of this case is going to be terrific.

  2. michaelmhughes | Apr 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm |

    Hmmm, his website mentioned how he’d stumbled onto a black market organ theft ring when he worked at a morgue many years ago, and how that had led to him being harassed and framed….

    • Theres a bit more to it. He opened a fridge and found the leftover parts that were due for lab work…not donation. Being mentally unstable…he put 2 and 2 together and found 9. Ever since then he’s been slipping off his meds and writing screeds and hiring lawyers to prove that a massive organ-legging group is harassing him…and periodically harassing his lawyers until they quit one after another. In one case he was even handed a PPO to keep him away from his former lawyer…who was stalked and harassed past the breaking point. None of this means that he’s the actual suspect in the ricin case tho…in all likelihood, he’s just a random nut who looked more dangerous on paper than he was in real life.

      • Hadrian999 | Apr 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm |

        maybe one of his lawyers sent the letter just to get the guy out of his hair

  3. feint_ruled | Apr 24, 2013 at 7:34 am |

    Shows the perils of jumping to conclusions! (Also slightly ironic that the disinfo story directly below this one refers to him as the “ricin mailer”)

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