Ricin suspect released from jail: Paul Curtis was charged for sending poison letters to Obama

Charges against Curtis dropped

OXFORD, Miss. - A federal official says the man charged with sending poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge has been released from jail.

Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss., says Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody.

The Associated Press reported the charges were dropped after searches of Curtis' home failed to turn up ricin.

The development comes hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Curtis, 45, was arrested Wednesday at his house in Corinth, Miss., and charged with sending ricin-laced letters to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and a Lee County, Miss., judge.

After his release, Curtis said he respects Obama, loves his country and that he "would never do anything to pose a threat."

Curtis said this week has been a nightmare.

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