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Change of plea hearing scheduled in Miss. for man charged with sending ricin-tainted letters

FILE - In this Tuesday April 23, 2013, file photo, James Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Dutschke a man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials. James Everett Dutschke is scheduled for a hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford on Friday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2014 according to court documents. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
January 17, 2014 - 12:04 AM

JACKSON, Miss. - A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for a man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials.

Court documents show a hearing for James Everett Dutschke is scheduled for Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Oxford.

Dutschke previously pleaded not guilty and denied sending the letters. He also denied a charge that he tried to recruit someone else to send a ricin-tainted letter while he was in jail.

The 42-year-old Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, and a Mississippi judge. The judge was the only one to receive a letter, though she was not harmed.

Dutschke is accused of trying to frame Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, who was initially charged until the investigation shifted to Dutschke.

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