- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 4, 2010

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. — Motivational speaker James Arthur Ray is set to make his first court appearance on three counts of manslaughter for deaths allegedly resulting from an Arizona sweat-lodge ceremony he led last year.

Mr. Ray was indicted and arrested on Wednesday for the deaths at an Oct. 8 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day “Spiritual Warrior” event. The ceremony was held at a retreat center he rented near Sedona.

Mr. Ray is being held in the Yavapai County, Ariz., jail on $5 million bond and faces a minimum of three years and a maximum of 12 years on each count. He’s scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

Mr. Ray’s attorneys called the charges unjust and said they’re confident he will be exonerated.

Two people passed out inside the sweat lodge and died that night. A third died a week later.

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