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Charges Dropped Against Paul Kevin Curtis, Suspect In Ricin Case

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The man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) and a Justice Court judge in Lee County, Miss., was released from federal custody Tuesday after his charges were dropped, according to CNN.

Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss. was arrested last Wednesday for the crime. Curtis’ attorney, Christi McCoy, told CNN upon his release that he had been “set up” by someone who knows him well and that Curtis "vehemently denies the allegations against him."

According to U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams, “new information” has been uncovered that led to the dropped charges.

Authorities were led to Curtis after at least two of the letters, the ones sent to Obama and Sen. Wicker, included the same phrase “to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance” and were both signed, “I am KC and I approve this message.”

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McCoy told CNN that she believes someone connected to Curtis via social media has framed him, as the phrases used are common phrases Curtis writes on social media.

"I do believe that someone who was familiar and is familiar with Kevin just simply took his personal information and did this to him," McCoy said. "It is absolutely horrific that someone would do this."

Ricin is a poison made from castor beans that can be fatal if someone touches or inhales it. The FBI has confirmed that the letters tested positive to ricin, which has no known antidote.

Sources: CNN, USA Today