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Shannon Guess Richardson arrested for ricin letters

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Shannon Richardson, the woman accused of mailing ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg's gun control group in Washington D.C., was remanded after her hearing Friday. The actress and mother of five was seen entering the courtroom Friday wrapped in a blanket. A detention hearing has been set for June 14. Attorney Tonda Curry is representing Shannon Richardson.

After Richardson's arrest Friday, sources told KTBS 3 News that Shannon Richardson was transported from the courthouse to St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana. It is still unknown why she went the hospital.

Federal investigators began focusing on the area after learning that the letters were postmarked in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Shannon's husband, Nathan Richardson, was named as a person of interest after Shannon contacted authorities about a suspicious substance she found in their refrigerator. Nathan Richardson was questioned by the FBI last week and released. Colt Caywood, a Richardson family friend, says that FBI officials have been interviewing some of the family's friends.

Attorney John Delk says his client Nathan Richardson approached him about getting a divorce a year before the FBI searched the couple's house. In an interview with KTBS 3's Julie Parr and Sara Machi, Delk referred to Shannon as a "black hole."

"We have very good reason to believe it was a setup," said Delk.

FBI haz-mat teams have been in and out of the home since Friday.

The couple has been married since October 2011 and are expecting a child. Shannon Richardson already had five children when they married. While the divorce papers have been filed, the divorce will not be final until Shannon gives birth.

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