A Mississippi man alleged to have sent a poisonous letter to President Obama and two others, has been freed. Federal authorities released Paul Kevin Curtis from custody, Tuesday (April 23), hours after canceling his scheduled preliminary hearing.
Jeff Woodin, chief deputy of the U.S. Marshalls in Oxford, Miss. announced the news stating that he was unaware of possible conditions behind the release.
Christi McCoy, Curtis’ lawyer told the Associated Press that her client is “with his family,” but wouldn’t give any other updates on his whereabouts.
Although an investigation confirmed him as the person suspected of sending the ricin-laced letters, FBI Agent Brandon Grant testified to finding no evidence of the poison, or an intent to make it. “There was no apparent ricin, castor beans or any material there that could be used for the manufacturing, like a blender or something,” he said.
Curtis has claimed innocence from the start. “The searches are concluded, not one single shred of evidence was found to indicate Kevin could have done this,” McCoy told the press last week.
The 45-year-old was arrested last week for allegedly mailing the letters to the president, a Mississippi state senator, and a judge.