Man released in ricin case says he respects Obama

Wednesday 24 April 2013 16.16
Paul Kevin Curtis said he had no idea what ricin was
Paul Kevin Curtis said he had no idea what ricin was

US prosecutors have dropped charges against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a US senator and a state judge.

The decision came hours after Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was released from a Mississippi jail on bond.

Mr Curtis, who is known in Mississippi as an Elvis impersonator, told reporters he respected Mr Obama.

"I would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other US official," he said. "I love this country."

He said he had no idea what ricin was.

"I thought they said rice, I told them I don't eat rice," he said.

Prosecutors said the "ongoing investigation has revealed new information," but provided no additional details.

Later, investigators in the case searched the house of a second Mississippi man.