Fondling trial set for ricin suspect

October 26, 2013 11:26:35 PM



JACKSON -- The man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled for trial in November on unrelated fondling charges. 


James Everett Dutschke, a former martial arts instructor from Tupelo, is charged in federal court with sending ricin-tainted letters on April 8 to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland. 


He's charged in Lee County with three fondling charges. 


The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the fondling case is set for trial Nov. 19. 


The April 1 indictment accuses Dutschke of improperly touching three girls under the ages of 16 in alleged incidents from January 2007 through Jan. 16, 2013. He was free on $25,000 bond until federal agents arrested him April 27 on the poison letter charges. 


In the ricin case, he has pleaded not guilty to five counts and denies sending the letters. 


His trial on the ricin charges is pending until further order from the court after his lawyer asked for more time to prepare.