By Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal
TUPELO – The FBI claims it has evidence that former Tupelo martial arts instructor J. Everett Dutschke connects with ricin found in his studio last week.
Dutschke was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Saturday after the case against another man collapsed.
Authorities claim ricin was sent via letter to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo and a county court judge.
Dutschke insists he is not guilty.
The FBI sworn statement has just been unsealed.
It claims that on April 22, Dutschke was observed cleaning out his former business, then discarding several items through the window of his vehicle.
When the items were recovered by the FBI, they said they found a coffee grinder, a box of latex gloves, a dust mask and an empty bucket of floor adhesive.
Several tests were conducted on the items, the FBI claims, and all confirmed the presence of ricin, made from castor beans.
The statement also claims that a January search of Dutschke’s computer by local law enforcement revealed that on Dec. 31, someone downloaded a publication, “Standard Operating Procedure for Ricin,” and two hours later, “Immunochromotography Detection of Ricin in Environmental and Biological Samples.”
Authorities also expressed suspicion when they found that a computer and printer at Dustchke’s East Tupelo residence shows its operating system reinstalled on April 22 and a print driver installed the same day.
“I understand … that persons wishing to delete the contents of their hard drives will often reinstall a computer’s operating system,” the FBI agent states in the report.
Dutschke also ordered castor bean seeds from Ebay, the FBI says their records show, in November and December.
The seven-page affidavit also claims FBI lab documents examiners on April 26 found numerous printed documents bearing the same “trashmarks” as the three ricin letters sent to President Obama, Wicker and Judge Sadie Holland.
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