April 23rd, 2013
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Ricin suspect freed, marshals say

(CNN) - The Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has been released from federal custody, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshal's Service said Tuesday.

Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator from Corinth, Mississippi, was charged with sending a threat to the president last week after letters containing the poison triggered security scares around Washington. But a preliminary hearing that had been scheduled to continue on Tuesday was canceled and Curtis was released.

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  1. Denise

    Bc he was innocent? Did they make a mistake??

    April 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Dallas

    Are you kidding me? With all that has happened this past week, they let this sucker go free. Has the criminal justice system totally lost their collective minds?

    April 23, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Well, THIS is interesting....

    April 23, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    This is about the time frame in which comprehensive, detailed labratory tests would come back. Perhaps the concentration of "ricin" was so small that no criminal intent can be proved. Perhaps they just have the wrong guy. I don`t know that the press ever really did there job and asked thw "HOW" question? How was the suspect linked to the letters.

    April 23, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Marita Donalds

    UNBELIEVABLE!! It appears, the minute something SHOULD be investigated, the ball gets dropped!!??? And we all get to witness the tragic aftermath!! ???? ...... . . .

    April 23, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Tiki

    ....and still waiting for the WHY?

    April 23, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "UNBELIEVABLE!! It appears, the minute something SHOULD be investigated, the ball gets dropped!!??? And we all get to witness the tragic aftermath!! ???? ......"

    Sigh. They had the guy in custody, thoroughly searched his home, interrogated him, etc. Something checked out OR perhaps he's off to feign innocence and lead them to the ricin provider.

    April 23, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Release on bond, charges not dropped. It's not like he's going anywhere. Ask the Tsaernevs.

    April 23, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. just sayin

    it's called incompetence. sounds like they didn't have a stinking thing on the guy. not even enough to hold him. if the guy is innocent, where does he go to get his reputation back? pathetic.

    April 23, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    I agree with Fair, which is rare enough; something interesting is going on around here. Maybe it really is an attempt to frame, or maybe they couldn't find enough evidence to make a case. Since he was released fairly quickly, I tend to think they found something that proves innocence, or indicates a more likely suspect.

    April 23, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Mikey

    We shouldn't have an obesity problem with all the exercise people get jumping to conclusions and throwing stones at our Government. But, alas, I have seen pictures of Tea Party rallies and, well, .....

    April 23, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "OR perhaps he's off to feign innocence and lead them to the ricin provider.
    -–

    sniffin for sure...."

    Yeah, was just throwing out that one for the fun of it hehe. Seems he claims he was framed and they're checking into that too. Strange case, but I wouldn't read too much into this guy being released on bond. CNN clearly used the word "freed" to imply more than was really going on here.

    April 23, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. PJ

    @just sayin:
    --
    Try listening to his lawyer who said he was released on bond.

    April 23, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    BTW, yes, he was released on bond and the charges weren't dropped. His attorney released it in a statement.

    April 23, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Tony

    Sniffit
    but I wouldn't read too much into this guy being released on bond
    -–

    Where does it say he was released on bond? It just says he was released before the hearing which imply no bond.

    April 23, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "It just says he was released before the hearing which imply no bond."

    Actually, in a criminal case like this one, it certainly does imply bonding. Again, CNN used "freed" to rile you up.

    April 23, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Yes Mine Capitan...

    Eric Holder.... "WHAT?!! Ricin in letters to my Dear Leader?! Round up the usual suspects, starting with the Elvis impersonators!"

    April 23, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Where does it say he was released on bond? It just says he was released before the hearing which imply no bond."

    Per the article:

    "There is a bond attached to his release, but the conditions of the bond are under seal at this point, said Curtis' attorney, Christi McCoy."

    April 23, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Again, CNN used "freed" to rile you up."

    Sadly, at this point, anything CNN states needs to be researched as truth. I suspect they got too carried away with the HLN ratings boost for that trial HLN is covering. I tried watching HLNs weekend evening coverage of the trial. Absolutely juvenille. Fake jury and all. Looks as if CNN is following the same pattern as HLN.

    April 23, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Tommy G

    As CNN usually does... they posted a quickie article and then started filling in the details later concerning the bond.

    April 23, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Absolutely juvenille."

    The MSM is a mirror of its audience. Nothing more, nothing less.

    April 23, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. Marita Donalds

    I have to agree with 'Sniffit' on one thing. CNN is sensationalizing more + more lately. CNN has been my Fav for many years. However, recently it feels more like reading the Natl. Enquirer! The coverage of the tragedy in Boston is overwhelming compared to the Texas-tragedy. That's shameful! And to see the likes of Wolf Blitzer still hanging out in the streets of Boston, wringing out the very last drop of this horrible event is truly embarrassing to watch!!

    April 23, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Donna

    Marita Donalds

    I have to agree with 'Sniffit' on one thing. CNN is sensationalizing more + more lately. CNN has been my Fav for many years. However, recently it feels more like reading the Natl. Enquirer! The coverage of the tragedy in Boston is overwhelming compared to the Texas-tragedy. That's shameful! And to see the likes of Wolf Blitzer still hanging out in the streets of Boston, wringing out the very last drop of this horrible event is truly embarrassing to watch!!
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    Are you serious??? The first terrorist attack on the USA since 9/11, two suspects on the lose, shoot outs and pursuit, Boston and half the state locked down for a day, and on and on. Bu tyou expect CNN to switch coverage to a chemical plant explosion in East Podunk Texas???

    You must have a politcal agenda because from a news standpoint these stories are not even remotely close in news value.

    April 23, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Marita and Donna

    First, I think Marita mistakes what I say. Big events SHOULD get close coverage...but ACCURATE and CAREFUL coverage is my point. Second, I don't think either event was more important than the other...they are both tragedies...but the Boston one will sell more advertising, whle the West, TX one will raise questions abotu deregulation and lax oversight, two cornerstones of GOP ideology. As a result, CNN and the rest of the MSM will focus on Boston and throw caution to the wind as far as accuracy and care are concerned and will quietly and slowly sweep the West, TX event under the rug. Are they different in "news" value as Donna suggested? Only if your definition of news worthiness involves the concept of profitability.

    April 23, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Marita Donalds

    @Donna – No 'Agenda' here! And I am NOT comparing the events! There IS no comparison! I apologize, I probably was not clear enough + consequently you misread. However, I DO believe, the Texas-story deserves more coverage. These peoples lives are just as lost + destroyed, + my heart goes out to them as well! And I DO feel, Boston would have a better chance of healing by not having to look at News-people everywhere! Thank you – @Marita.

    April 24, 2013 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
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