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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A federal official says the man charged with sending poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge has been released from jail.
   
Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss., says Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody.
   
Woodfin says he doesn't know if there were any conditions on the release.
   
The development comes hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
   
Curtis was arrested Wednesday at his house in Corinth, Miss., and charged with sending ricin-laced letters to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and a Lee County, Miss., judge.
   
Through an attorney, the 45-year-old Curtis has said he is innocent.

Earlier story:

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - More discussion is likely Tuesday of the mental state of the Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge.
   
Christi McCoy, defense attorney for Paul Kevin Curtis, said Monday she expects testimony from David Daniels, a Tupelo attorney who says Curtis threatened him after a rehearsal for an Elvis impersonators' show Daniels helped organize in 2002. Also expected is testimony about Curtis' suicide attempt in Chicago in 1991.
   
On Monday, FBI Agent Brandon Grant testified that Friday searches of Curtis' vehicle and house in Corinth, Miss., found no ricin, ingredients for the poison, or devices used to make it. A search of Curtis' computers found no evidence he researched making ricin.
   
McCoy says the failure bolsters Curtis' claims of innocence.

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