A few weeks ago, we discussed (1, 2) some of the drugs confiscated by authorities who searched the Sedona resort room occupied by self-help guru, James Ray, following the October 2009 deaths of three followers who paid nearly $10,000 each for his Spiritual Warrior retreat program.
Late this afternoon, Ray was arrested – the best news and supporting information continues to come from The Prescott (AZ) News, with a sidebar to the lower right of the story that links to their extensive timeline of coverage:
The Yavapai County Grand Jury returned a “true bill” on 3 counts of Manslaughter against Ray early this afternoon. The Yavapai County Superior Court issued a warrant for James Ray as a result of the indictment.
The warrant was served by YCSO detectives at Ray’s attorney’s office in Prescott and he was arrested around 3:30 P.M.
Sheriff Waugh would like to thank the victim’s families for their patience while the Sheriff’s Office completed a thorough and comprehensive investigation. The County Attorney’s Office also provided assistance to YCSO detectives as they conducted hundreds of interviews and gathered evidence to support today’s indictment. With the arrest of James Ray, Sheriff Waugh hopes the families of the three victims will now have some measure of closure to this tragedy.
Ray was transported to the Sheriff’s Prescott Office to begin booking procedures. He will eventually be transferred to the Camp Verde Detention Center for final processing.
Ray’s bond has been set at 5 million dollars.
Indeed, it is the families of the victims that deserve justice and some sense of closure.
If nothing else comes out of the tragic deaths of these three people, perhaps self-styled gurus will be on notice that their pocket-lining antics will fall under greater scrutiny and accountability.
Photo source: Prescott News