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. Marshals Service said today.
Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator from Corinth, Mississippi, was charged with sending a threat to the president last week after letters containing the deadly toxin triggered a security scare in Washington. But a preliminary hearing that had been scheduled to continue today was canceled and Curtis was released.
Jeff Woodfin, a chief deputy marshal, said Curtis was no longer in federal custody but did not know the circumstances surrounding his release.
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