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Second ricin suspect makes first court appearance

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OXFORD, MS -

(WMC-TV) - The second man arrested in connection with the ricin-laced letters sent to the president and other officials appeared in court for the first time Monday.

James Everett Dutschke appeared in federal court in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs.

He is accused of producing the ricin that was sent to President Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and a local judge in Lee County.

As James Everett Dutschke sits in jail in Oxford, he is charged with producing a biological agent.

Antonio Jiminez saw the swarm of FBI agents searching Dutschke's home in their ricin investigation last week.

"It scared me because I have my young ones over here, you know," said Jiminez.

Dutschke was arrested and charged over the weekend. Documents remained sealed, so it is unclear exactly what authorities found.

Hal Nielson is a former FBI profiler in north Mississippi. He worked with Chriti McCoy to defend former suspect Kevin Curtis.

"You make sure you have your evidence before you arrest someone. It didn't happen in the Kevin Curtis case, I do think it happened in this case," said Nielson.

In his first court appearance, Dutschke told a magistrate judge that he understood the charge against him, but shook his head 'no' when it was read to him.

He previously denied any involvement. His court-appointed attorney, George Lucas, was not ready to make any comment late Monday afternoon.

Dutschke will remain in jail with no bond because prosecutors said he was a danger to the community and a flight risk.

He will be back in court Thursday morning.

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