FBI agents found traces of ricin in Mr. Dutschke’s martial arts studio in Tupelo, Miss., and on items they saw him dump in a public trash can, according to the affidavit. Agents sealed off the martial arts studio, which is located in a small shopping center.
“The FBI is now conducting further forensic examination for the purpose of identifying trace evidence, residues and signatures of production that could provide evidence to support the investigation,” FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said Tuesday in a news release.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Dutschke Saturday at his home, and he is being held without bond until a preliminary hearing Thursday in US District Court in Oxford, Miss. If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for federal criminal charges, which include “knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining, and possessing a biological agent, toxin, and delivery system for use as a weapon,” the FBI said in a statement.
Investigators turned their focus to Dutschke after the former primary suspect, Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, said he was being framed. Mr. Curtis gave Dutschke’s name because the two men had feuded over the years. Officials released Curtis on April 23 after the FBI failed to find any traces of ricin in his home or vehicle.