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Dutschke’s MySpace page has several pictures with him and Wicker. Republicans in north Mississippi say Dutschke used to frequently show up at GOP events and mingle with people, usually finding a way to get a snapshot of himself with the headliner.

The first suspect accused by the FBI, Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, also had also had ties to Holland. Curtis was arrested on April 17 at his Corinth, Miss., home, but the charges were dropped six days later. After his arrest, Curtis said he was framed and gave investigators Dutschke’s name as someone who could have sent the letters, the affidavit said.

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Some of the language in the letters was similar to posts on Curtis’ Facebook page and they were signed, "I am KC and I approve this message." Curtis often used a similar online signoff.

Curtis has said he knows Dutschke and they feuded over the years, but he wasn’t sure what caused it.

Dutschke made a brief appearance Monday in federal court, wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled. He said little during the hearing other than answering affirmatively to the judge’s questions about whether he understood the charges against him. U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander set his preliminary and detention hearing to take place Thursday.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.




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