The FBI now says it wasn't Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis who mailed ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a congressman and a judge after all. Instead, the federal investigative agency has turned its focus to J. Everett Dutschke, a Tupelo, Miss., taekwondo instructor, blues band frontman and failed political candidate, according to the local Clarion-Ledger newspaper.
From his home, which federal authorities searched Tuesday, Dutschke gave a video interview that was posted to YouTube, in which Dutschke says: "I don't have anything at all to do with" the ricin mailings, and "I don't hardly know the guy," in reference to Curtis.
Curtis's attorneys suggested in court that their client may have been framed by Dutschke because he is a rival, according to the Clarion-Ledger. Both men do martial arts, are politically active and are local music celebrities, though Dutschke's group describes itself on Facebook as "rock with tons of lasers," while Curtis mostly sticks to impersonations of 50 rock 'n' roll icons including Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Elvis.