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Dutschke Pleads Not Guilty In Ricin Case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The lawyer for a Mississippi man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others has entered a not guilty plea for his client.

The plea was made in a court filing Tuesday on behalf of James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo.

Dutschke is charged with sending ricin-tainted letters on April 8 to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Lee County, Miss., Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

He had been scheduled for arraignment Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

His lawyer, George Lucas, waived Dutschke’s right to appear and entered not guilty pleas to all five counts.

Lucas had no comment when contacted Wednesday.

Dutschke, a former martial arts instructor, arrested April 27, is being held without bond in the Lafayette County jail.