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Apr 25, 2013 5:40 AM by Associated Press

Ricin-laced letters leading to a Miss. mystery

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Of three ricin-laced letters mailed this month to public officials, only one made it into the hands of an intended target, 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland.

Investigators are working to piece together what motivated someone to send the letters to her, President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. Holland is a common link between two men who have been investigated in the case.

Holland presided over a 2004 assault case against Paul Kevin Curtis, who had been the top suspect in the case until prosecutors dropped charges against him Tuesday.

And her family has had political skirmishes with Everett Dutschke, the man whose home and former place of business have been the subject of searches by investigators for two days this week. No charges have been filed against Dutschke.

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