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Attorney: Ricin Suspect Was Released On Bond; Charges Dropped

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man implicated in the mailing of ricin (RY'-sin) poison-laced letters to the president and a U.S. senator after charges were dropped without explanation against the man arrested in the case last week.
    
Everett Dutschke (DUHST'-kee), whose home was searched Tuesday by dozens of officials, some in hazmat suits, had feuded with Paul Kevin Curtis, a 45-year-old celebrity impersonator who has said since his arrest that he had nothing to do with the case.
    
The search began early Tuesday afternoon. At about 8:30 p.m. CDT, two FBI agents and two members of the state's chemical response team left his property and began combing through ditches, culverts and woods about a block away from his house in the neighborhood.

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A court filing says charges have been dropped against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others.
    
The one-sentence document was filed Tuesday, hours after Paul Kevin Curtis was released from custody. The document says the ongoing investigation has revealed new but unspecified information.
    
An FBI agent had testified in court that no evidence of ricin was found at Curtis's home.
    
Meanwhile, authorities searched Tuesday at the home of another Mississippi man in connection with the case.

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