In a surprise move by U.S. prosecutors, charges have been dropped against a man accused of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama.
Authorities searched the home of a second Mississippi man on Tuesday (April 23), as the case against Paul Kevin Curtis was dismissed.
He had been charged with mailing ricin-tainted letters to the president and two other high-profile officials.
SOUNDBITE: (English) PAUL KEVIN CURTIS SAYING:
"I respect President Obama, I love my country and would never do anything to pose a threat to him or any other U.S. official. This past week has been a nightmare for myself and my family. My mother has suffered and so have my children."
Court documents say the letters contain the same eight-line message which includes the initials "KC".
They were intercepted before reaching their destinations.
Charges dropped in ricin letters case (0:57)
April 24 - Charges are dropped against a man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama, as the FBI searches another home. Sarah Charlton reports. ( Transcript )