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Wicker: Possible ricin suspect was Elvis impersonator

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Photo credit: AP/Facebook | Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested at his home in Corinth, Miss. He is accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker. Photo credit: AP/Facebook | Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested at his home in Corinth, Miss. He is accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Roger Wicker says he once hired the man accused of mailing suspicious letters as an Elvis impersonator.

The Mississippi Republican said he hired Tupelo resident Paul Kevin Curtis to entertain at an engagement party. The 45-year-old Curtis faces charges stemming from sending threatening letters containing suspected ricin, a poison, to President Barack Obama, Wicker and a Mississippi judge.

Curtis wore shackles and a Johnny Cash T-shirt Thursday in a federal courtroom in Mississippi. His attorney, Christi R. McCoy says her client is surprised by his arrest and maintains "100 percent that he did not do this." A judge has set a preliminary hearing for Friday.

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