Officials have dropped charges against the Elvis impersonator accused of mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge, according to a court filing Tuesday.
Poisoning suspect Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss., was suddenly released on bond Tuesday in the middle of a series of preliminary evidentiary hearings that was put on hold. By afternoon, federal prosecutors had filed to drop the charges against him without prejudice. The filing stated "the ongoing investigation has revealed new information."
"I am gleeful about it," Curtis' father, Jack Curtis of Cleveland, Miss., told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview. "You can’t imagine how I feel. I knew he was innocent the whole time of those charges against him.... I knew they were false and forged from the get-go. He’s been released and rightly so. They couldn’t find one scintilla of evidence against him."
Officials had a news conference scheduled for early Tuesday evening, and Curtis' whereabouts were unknown.
"The FBI said they didn’t want anybody to know where he was," Jack Curtis said.
Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation had suspected Curtis, a part-time Elvis impersonator, of mailing three letters filled with ricin to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Lee County, Miss., Judge Sadie Holland in the days after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.