Sweat Lodge Deaths

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Self-Help Author Drops Request For Indigent Status

A self-help author imprisoned for the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony no longer is seeking indigent status.

02/13/2012

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Guru Settles Civil Suits In Sweat Lodge Case For $3M

A self-help author imprisoned for the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony settled civil lawsuits with the victims’ families for more than $3 million.

12/02/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Self-Help Guru Gets 2 Years In Sweat Lodge Deaths

A charismatic self-help author was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for leading an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony that was supposed to offer spiritual enlightenment but instead ended with disoriented participants struggling to breathe and being dragged outside. Three people died.

11/18/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Guru’s Attorneys Argue For Sentence Of Probation

Attorneys for a self-help author convicted in the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony are making their case for probation.

11/15/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Judge Rejects Bid To Call Off Sweat Lodge Hearing

A judge has rejected a request to call off a mitigation hearing in the case of a self-help author who led a sweat lodge ceremony that turned deadly.

09/09/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Attorneys Argue New Trial Bid In Sweat Lodge Case

Attorneys for a self-help author convicted of negligent homicide want a new trial based on what they contend was a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct. Prosecutors say that’s unnecessary because any errors they made during James Arthur Ray’s trial were unintentional and did not affect the jury’s verdict.

08/16/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

State Argues Aggravating Factors In Guru’s Case

When prosecutors in a self-help author’s trial argued that the families of three people who died following his sweat lodge ceremony suffered emotional harm, the defense didn’t dispute that.

06/30/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Ariz. Sweat Lodge Trial Resumes After 2-Week Break

A self-help author’s manslaughter trial resumes Thursday after a 2-week break.

05/26/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Settlement Ends Sweat Lodge Lawsuit

The owners of an Arizona retreat where a self-help author’s sweat lodge ceremony turned deadly have settled a lawsuit brought by the victims’ families and other participants.

05/17/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Witness Emotional Describing Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The youngest of the witnesses in a self-help author’s manslaughter trial brought jurors back to the scene of a deadly sweat lodge ceremony Thursday, describing the conditions of three people who had to be dragged out of the sweltering structure after it had been emptied of other participants.

05/13/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Sgt.: Guru Didn’t Admit To Leading Sweat Lodge

A Yavapai County sheriff’s sergeant who responded to a deadly sweat lodge ceremony says a self-help author told him someone else was in charge.

05/12/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Arizona Detective Testifies In Sweat Lodge Case

The Yavapai County sheriff’s detective who led the investigation into a self-help author’s sweat lodge ceremony says he did not jump to conclusions as the defense has asserted.

05/04/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Lead Detective Testifies In Ariz. Sweat Lodge Case

The Yavapai County sheriff’s detective who led the investigation of a self-help author’s sweat lodge ceremony resumes testimony Thursday.

04/28/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Fire Tender Testifies In Arizona Sweat Lodge Case

A woman who called 911 following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony says she believes a self-help author’s words convinced participants to stay inside the sweltering structure.

04/20/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Judge Weighs Mistrial Request In Sweat Lodge Case

A Yavapai County judge will hear arguments Wednesday on defense request to declare a mistrial in a self-help author’s manslaughter case.

04/13/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Legal Arguments Delay Arizona Sweat Lodge Trial

Attorneys defending a self-help author on manslaughter charges say prosecutors withheld evidence that shows their client isn’t to blame for the deaths of three people following a sweat lodge ceremony.

04/12/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Testimony In Sweat Lodge Case Enters 3rd Week

Testimony in a self-help author’s manslaughter trial is entering a third week.

03/15/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Witness Says He Built Up Trust Of Self-Help Author

A man who emerged from a northern Arizona sweat lodge ceremony screaming that he didn’t want to die will resume testimony Thursday.

03/10/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Volunteer In Ariz. Sweat Lodge Resumes Testimony

A hairstylist from California will resume testimony Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of a self-help author.

03/09/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Witness: Arizona Sweat Lodge Victim Refused Help

A woman has testified that one of three people who died in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony refused to accept help when she appeared to be suffering from the heat in the structure.

03/04/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Witness Testifies For 2nd Day In Sweat Lodge Case

The medical records of a woman who took part in a sweat lodge ceremony that turned deadly show that she did not suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning.

03/03/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Judge Allows Live Coverage In Sweat Lodge Case

A motivational speaker who led a sweat lodge ceremony where three people died will have his manslaughter trial broadcast live, a judge decided Friday.

02/26/2011