SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The federal trial of a Spokane man charged with sending a poison letter to President Barack Obama has been delayed until next year because of the complexity of the case.
U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko on Tuesday pushed back the trial of Matthew Ryan Buquet until May 5, 2014. It was supposed to begin later this month.
Suko agreed with lawyers on both sides that the complexity of the case, including dealing with a deadly poison called ricin, made a speedy trial impossible.
Buquet, 37, is charged with making ricin in violation of federal law. He is also charged with mailing a letter containing ricin to Obama, and another letter containing ricin to U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle of Spokane.
No one was injured by the letters.