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Robert Fontenot

Elvis Impersonator Released in Ricin Attack Investigation

By April 23, 2013

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In yet another bizarre twist to what is already one of the stranger news stories of the year, Mississippi native and Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody by the FBI mere days after being charged with mailing letters containing ricin to three government officials, including President Barack Obama. The deadly poison was sent to Obama, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, and a local judge on April 8 (before, it should be noted, the Boston bombings), and while the charges against Curtis, who met Wicker when he was hired to impersonate the King at a party in 2003, have not yet been dropped, his sudden release on bond suggests feds are looking for someone else. Curtis' lawyer, who notes that no ricin or ricin-making equipment was found during a search of his home, suggested in court that her client was framed by local MMA instructor J. Everett Dutschke, who had his home searched by the FBI on Thursday in connection with the poisoning attempt. No charges against him have have been filed. UPDATE: Charges against Curtis have been dismissed.

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