Suspected ricin mailer released from custody as all charges dropped
Edited time: April 23, 2013 22:33
The Mississippi Elvis impersonator who was briefly suspected of sending poisoned letters to US President Barack Obama and members of Congress has been released from jail, with the Justice Department dropping all charges against him.
A US attorney's motion to dismiss without prejudice charges against suspected ricin mailer Paul Kevin Curtis has been accepted by federal judicial authorities. Citing “new information,” the US Justice Department is evidently moving on to other suspects in the case. Federal marshals released Curtis earlier on Tuesday.
Authorities had confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Curtis, 45, was no longer in federal custody less than a week after being apprehended.
Police arrested Curtis last Wednesday at his house in Corinth, Miss. and charged him with sending mail that contained a threat to kill or harm the president and with sending mail containing a threat to injure the president. Authorities say Curtis sent letters believed to contain the hazardous chemical ricin to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and a Lee County, Miss., judge.
When the FBI announced Curtis’ arrest last week, they said the letters he was suspected of mailing were signed, "I am KC and I approve this message,” a signature that he often used on his personal Facebook page.
Elsewhere in the correspondence Curtis allegedly wrote, “Maybe I have your attention now even if that means someone must die.”