Miss. man Paul Kevin Curtis charged with threatening Obama, others

CORINTH, Miss. - The man charged with mailing letters with suspected ricin to the president and others was surprised by his arrest and maintains he is innocent, according to his attorney.
 
Paul Kevin Curtis appeared in a federal courtroom Thursday in Oxford, Miss., wearing shackles and a Johnny Cash T-shirt. His handcuffs were taken off during the brief hearing, and he said little.
 
His attorney, Christi R. McCoy, says Curtis "maintains 100 percent that he did not do this." She says she knows him and his family and that it is hard for her to believe the charges against him.
 
McCoy says she has not yet decided whether to seek a hearing to determine if Curtis is mentally competent to stand trial.
 
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release Thursday that  Curtis faced two federal charges accusing him of threatening the president and others.
 
An affidavit says the letters sent to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a judge in Mississippi told the recipients: "Maybe I have your attention now even if that means someone must die."
 

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