Pleading not guilty usually works better when you haven't already pleaded guilty. Then again, normalcy has yet to visit the Mississippi
In a federal court Tuesday, one of America's weirdest continuing criminal cases added another bizarre chapter when a Tupelo taekwondo instructor changed his mind about his guilt and again blamed an Elvis impersonator with trying to poison the president.
But in a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Dutschke apparently had a dramatic change of heart and asked a federal judge to withdraw his guilty plea. The prosecutor and defense attorney handling the case did not respond to messages confirming what was said in open court.
But according to a Clarion-Ledger reporter at the hearing, Dutschke:
- Compared his rival,
Paul Kevin Curtis(the Elvis impersonator) to Barney the dinosaur and compared himself to an Olympic gymnast.
- Said he would eat the contents of the ricin letters in a peanut-butter sandwich to prove the material wasn't dangerous.
- Said no DNA evidence linked him to the crime and that his prosecution was a government conspiracy.
- Accused Curtis, once again, of being the true poison mailer.
The case had an unusual beginning when federal agents originally arrested Curtis in April 2013 on suspicion of mailing the letters.