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Shannon Guess Richardson competent to stand trial in ricin case

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Shannon Guess Richardson, accused of mailing ricin letters, is competent to stand trial Shannon Guess Richardson, accused of mailing ricin letters, is competent to stand trial
Shannon Guess Richardson appears in court for competency hearing Shannon Guess Richardson appears in court for competency hearing

An East Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to the president has been found competent to stand trial.

Shannon Richardson entered a plea of not guilty on two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the President of the United States.
    
She's accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a man who heads Bloomberg's gun-control organization.
    
A federal affidavit alleges Richardson contacted authorities to try to implicate her husband in the ricin letters before being arrested herself in June.

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Defense Attorney Tonda Curry says her client is in much better shape now than she had been before the evaluation.

"We are adamant that she did not order the components to make ricin, did not make the ricin, had no desire to hurt or kill the president." said Curry.

Richardson will appear at a detention hearing on September 11th.

Pre-trial has been set for October 7th.


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