A New Boston, Texas, woman accused of mailing letters tainted with the toxin ricin to President Barack Obama and others will remain behind bars while her case proceeds.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven ordered Shannon Guess Richardson to remain in the custody of federal marshals after hearing arguments from her defense attorney, Tonda Curry of Tyler, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan.

Richardson has been in custody since her arrest June 7.

Craven cited concern that Richardson might flee the jurisdiction and the circumstances of the alleged offenses.

Richardson is accused of mailing a ricin laced letter to Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomburg and Michael Glaze, head of a gun control advocacy group.

Published: 09/11/2013