crimes and misdemeanors

Elvis Impersonator Released in Ricin Investigation

A Prince George's County, Md. firefighter dressed in a protective suit walks into a government mail screening facility in Hyattsville, Md., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Police swept across the U.S. Capitol complex to chase a flurry of reports of suspicious packages and envelopes Wednesday after preliminary tests indicated poisonous ricin in two letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Photo: Alex Brandon

Kevin Paul Curtis, the bipolar Elvis/Bon Jovi/Prince/Kid Rock performer accused of mailing ricin-laced letters to Senator Roger Wicker and President Obama, has been released on bond, NBC reports, after a court hearing in his case today was canceled. “I can tell you he is with his family,” said his defense attorney, who suggested Curtis may have been set up after a search of his home turned up exactly zero evidence tying him to the attempted poisonings. An FBI spokesperson confirmed to the AP, “This remains an ongoing investigation.” A news conference featuring federal authorities and Curtis’s defense is scheduled for 6 p.m., but things are already starting to look too much like anthrax.

Update: J. Everett Dutschke, a colorful former Republican candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives, who was accused in February of child molestation and is himself out on bond, is being questioned in the case. “On Monday, Curtis’ lawyer, Christi McCoy, said she believed Dutschke could have been responsible for mailing the letters noting he had argued with Curtis over email,” Talking Points Memo reports.

A local Mississippi paper adds today, “At, 1:39 p.m. FBI search team moved in with Tupelo, Lee County and Capitol Police authorities at the home at Canal Street in Tupelo. About 10 law enforcement vehicles are in the area. Dutschke came out of his Tupelo home a few minutes before and told reporters the FBI is at his house and has been questioning him. Dutschke once again said he has nothing to do with the ricin letter plot.”

Ricin Suspect Paul Kevin Curtis Released on Bond