Ricin suspect died "violent" death

The St. Johns County Sheriff said that a Fruit Cove, Fla., man who became a suspect in 2004 for the delivery of the deadly toxin ricin to the White House died a "very violent" death.
Daniel S. Somerson, a former trucker turned author and poet, died a "very violent" death and his body was identified on Wednesday. In 2004, he was accused of delivering ricin to the White House and to the office of then Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) after making anti-government comments on his website. Somerson claimed innocence and no one was ever arrested in the case, the St. Augustine Record reports.

Somerson moved to Fruit Cove in 2008. Deputies went to his house after receiving a report that the owner had not been seen for some time. They found the body and the coroner ruled that it was a homicide.
"Our detectives are continuing to follow numerous leads in this very violent death," Sheriff David Shoar said, according to the St. Augustine Record.
Somerson wrote under the name Jonathan Orion, publishing poetry collections including "Ruby Red" and "Poems of Love." Somerson had connections to St. Augustine, Fla., activist Ed Slavin, who represented him in the dismissal of a complaint against Mail Contractors of American in 2003. Reports said that Somerson taught science at a Jacksonville, Fla., middle school.