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Charges dropped against Mississippi man accused in ricin letters

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TUPELO, Miss. -

A court filing says charges have been dropped against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others.

The one-sentence document was filed Tuesday, hours after Paul Kevin Curtis was released from custody. The document says the ongoing investigation has revealed new but unspecified information.

"I love my country," Curtis said after being released.

An FBI agent had testified in court that no evidence of ricin was found at Curtis's home.

Meanwhile, authorities searched Tuesday at the home of another Mississippi man in connection with the case.

Everett Dutschke tells The Associated Press that the search of his home was the FBI's second in connection to the mailings and the situation is becoming stressful. Dutschke maintains he has no idea how to make ricin and had nothing to do with sending the poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge.
 
Curtis says the same thing. The 45-year-old says he realizes letters he's sent to Wicker in the past claiming to have found black-market body parts while working at a hospital made him an easy target. But Curtis says he respects the president, loves his country and would never "pose a threat" to a government official.

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