The man suspected of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and two other public servants was released from custody today, the U.S. Marshall Service in Oxford, Miss. says.
Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy of the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, tells NPR’s Russell Lewis that Paul Kevin Curtis is out on bond. Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case have scheduled a press conference this evening.
As we told you Monday, FBI investigators said during testimony that a search of Curtis’ home and vehicle turned up no traces of the deadly poison. An initial search of his computer found no evidence that he had been searching for instructions on how to make ricin.
“Curtis was arrested Wednesday at his house in Corinth, Miss., and charged with sending ricin-laced letters to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and a Lee County, Miss., judge,” the AP reports. “Through an attorney, the 45-year-old Curtis has said he is innocent.”
We’ll update this post with the latest from the press conference. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.