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Charges dropped against man in ricin letters case

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TUPELO, Miss. - Charges have been dropped against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others. The one-sentence court document was filed hours after the suspect, Paul Kevin Curtis was released on bond.

An FBI agent testified in court this week that a search of Curtis' home turned up no ricin or evidence it was being made there.

FBI agents returned to another man's house which they had searched previously in connection with the case.

Everett Dutschke said in a phone interview with The Associated press that the FBI was at his Tupelo home Tuesday for a search related to the poisoned letters. Dutschke said his house was also searched last week.

Dutschke has maintained his innocence and says he doesn't know anything about the ingredients for ricin.

Curtis' defense attorney, Christi McCoy said in court that someone may have framed Curtis. Dutschke said that he knows Curtis but that the two had a falling out three years ago.

Reported with assistance from the Associated Press

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