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Wicker: Possible ricin suspect Elvis impersonator

Thursday - 4/18/2013, 5:08pm  ET

This undated photo obtained from the facebook page of Paul Kevin Curtis, shows, according to neighbors, Paul Kevin Curtis, 45. Curtis was arrested Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his home in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line. He is accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to to national leaders. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Roger Wicker says he once hired the man accused of mailing suspicious letters as an Elvis impersonator.

The Mississippi Republican said he hired Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss., to entertain at an engagement party. The 45-year-old Curtis faces charges stemming from sending threatening letters containing suspected ricin, a poison, to President Barack Obama, Wicker and a Mississippi judge.

Curtis wore shackles and a Johnny Cash T-shirt Thursday in a federal courtroom in Mississippi. His attorney, Christi R. McCoy says her client is surprised by his arrest and maintains "100 percent that he did not do this." A judge has set a preliminary hearing for Friday.


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