Kevin Curtis released

Kevin Curtis late Tuesday walked free of all criminal charges that he mailed at least three poison-laden letters to President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

“I thank my family, my friends and fans for their love and support,” said the 45-year-old Elvis tribute artist from Corinth as he, his brother and attorneys stood before a crowd of news media at the U.S. District Courthouse in Oxford.

One week ago today, Curtis was snatched up by federal agents, who continued to search for evidence that he committed the crimes.

Authorities claimed the letters, mailed April 8 from Tupelo, contained the deadly poison ricin, made from the castor bean.

Read more: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – Kevin Curtis released

FBI looks at Dutschke in letters case

Local and federal law enforcement vehicles flooded Canal Street to search the home of James Everett Dutschke on Tuesday afternoon for any clues that would point to his potential involvement in mailing a ricin-laced letter to the president and other officials.

Dutschke said FBI officials came to his home around 9:30 a.m. where he cooperated with their questioning and agreed to have his home searched.

His name was mentioned in the hearing Monday in federal court of Paul Kevin Curtis, who was suspected to have mailed the poisoned letters to President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. Curtis’ attorney, Christi R. McCoy, suggested that he should be a suspect.

Read more: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal – FBI looks at Dutschke in letters case