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TODAY   |  April 29, 2013

Miss. man to be charged for poisoned letters

James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo, Miss., has been arrested, accused of sending letters containing deadly ricin addressed to President Obama and a senator. He has feuded with Paul Kevin Curtis, who was charged with the crime and later released. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

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>> a new suspect charged in connection with the ricin-tainted letters to president obama and other officials appears in court. pete williams has the newest developments. good morning.

>> good morning to you. the man who will stand before a federal judge will be formally charged and is the second person arrested in the case. the first has been released with his charges dropped. investigators say their relationship is a part of the case. federal prosecutors now accuse a former martial arts instructor, 41-year-old james from tupelo mississippi contain the leadly poison, ricin to the white house and senator roger wicker of mississippi. both were stopped at federal mail screening centers where the hazardous contents were detected. he was arrested over the weekend after agents spent days searchesing had house and they found traces of ricin in his possession and he insisted he had nothing to do with the letters.

>> did you ever handle ricin?

>> no. i wouldn't recognize ricin if i saw it. would you?

>> the fbi arrested another man, paul kevin curtis and charged him with mailing the poison. they said the wording of the letter his many phrases that he used on line claiming a experience to sell human body parts on the black market . the charges were dropped when searches turned up not a trace in his possessions. he said someone framed him, copying his writing style.

>> i have been a vocal activist for many years and signed the same signature for 15 years. this is kc and i approved this message.

>> the two men knew each other and feuded. a third letter was sent to county judge sadie holland and both had dealings with her or her family.

>> he will face a biological weapons change, a serious that carries a maximum penalty of in prison.

>> pete williams in washington, thank you very much.