Trial of Spokane Man Charged with Mailing Ricin Laced Letters Pushed Back
SPOKANE, Wash. - The federal trial of a Spokane man charged with mailing poison letters has been delayed until next year because of the complexity of the case.
37-year-old Matthew Ryan Buquet is charged with sending a ricin laced letter to President Barack Obama.
A U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko pushed back the trial of Buquet until May 5, 2014. The trial was supposed to begin later this month.
Suko agreed with lawyers on both sides that the complexity of the case, including dealing with a deadly poison called ricin, made a speedy trial impossible.
Buquet is charged with making ricin in violation of federal law. He is also charged with mailing a letter containing ricin to Obama, and another letter containing ricin to U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle of Spokane.