Kyle Smith, UW-Oshkosh student accused of possessing ricin will stand trial

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Kyle Smith (Winnebago County Jail)

GREEN BAY (AP) — A University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student accused of possessing the deadly toxin ricin has been ordered to stand trial.

A federal judge in Green Bay ruled Monday there’s enough evidence against 21-year-old Kyle Smith to move forward with his case.

WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1zSeylV ) reports prosecutors argued Smith admitted he knew what he was making and shouldn’t have been doing it. No lab equipment was found in his off-campus home.

Defense attorney William Kerner says Smith never intended to use ricin for harm anyone. Kerner also said the powder found in Smith’s home was castor bean meal, which contains the highly toxic protein ricin. He says the substance falls under different laws and regulations throughout the country

Smith was ordered to remain behind bars.

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