By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – An October trial date is set for a Tupelo man accused in a poison-letter scheme aimed at President Obama and two other elected officials.
Monday, U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock granted a delay from July 29 until Oct. 7 to try J. Everett Dutschke.
Dutschke, 41, is a former martial arts instructor arrested in late April after federal investigator claimed they linked him to letters mailed to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.
Analysis revealed traces of the poison ricin in the letters.
Dutschke insists he had nothing to do with the letters or an alleged attempt to blame another man for the crime.
He remains in the Lafayette County Detention Center without bond.
His attorneys asked for the delay, saying they needed more time to prepare for trial.
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