By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Federal officials staked out the South Canal Street home of James Everett Dutschke all day Friday after searching his home and taekwondo studio Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dutschke’s attorney, Lori Nail Basham, said he has been cooperating and at this point there is no warrant for his arrest.
The investigation into Dutschke began in earnest when his name was mentioned at the Monday hearing of Paul Kevin Curtis, the Corinth man formerly suspected of mailing ricin letters to President Barack Obama and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker on April 8.
Charges against Curtis have since been dropped. Though federal officials have kept quiet, Dutschke appears to be at the center of attention.
Dutschke said he was in contact with the FBI almost a week before Monday’s hearing.
He said he suspects his name was one given to the FBI by Curtis’ ex-wife when she was asked for names of people who could have framed Curtis.
The only evidence against Curtis was a similarity in the content of the letters and a post he made on Facebook, both included the signature, “This is KC and I approve this message.”
Dutschke said he gave the FBI permission to search his home Tuesday morning and they did from around 1:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
The officials have maintained a presence all week in Dutschke’s Canal Street neighborhood, setting up an observational parameter around his home.