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(WMC-TV) - The Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with ricin to the President and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker maintains he is innocent, according to his attorney.

FBI special agents took Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Corinth, Miss., into custody at his home Wednesday. The letters were postmarked in nearby Memphis, TN.

Christi R. McCoy, Curtis' attorney, says he "maintains 100 percent that he did not do this."

Curtis appeared in federal court Thursday in Oxford, Miss.

The letters that were sent to Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker were reported to have said, "To see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance."

They were both signed, "I am KC and I approve this message."

Field tests showed that the letters tested positive for ricin. However, those tests are not conclusive and lab test results are expected within the coming days.

Ricin is a poison that is present in castor beans, according the New York State Department of Health. It is part of the waste that is produced during the production of castor oil and as such, is one of the most easily produced plant toxins.

McCoy has not decided whether to seek a hearing to determine if her client is competent to stand trial, she said.

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