On December 14, CNN’s Gary Tuchman spoke to Melinda Martin, the ex-James Arthur Ray employee, about the Sedona sweat lodge investigation (click here for full transcript). “The sheriff’s office in Sedona is not talking to reporters,” Tuchman said, “But is talking to families of the sweat lodge victims. And some of them have told us they are confident, based on their conversations, Ray will be charged. Melinda Martin, who the James Ray company does acknowledge helped those who were sickened, has also been interviewed by the authorities, and tell us she believes Ray and others will be charged.”
TUCHMAN: What have they told you about that?
MARTIN: I think they told me there might be 10 people indicted. I don’t know who those 10 people might be.
TUCHMAN: But might we presume there are other employees of James Ray who would be included in that?
MARTIN: Yes, you know, I hate to speculate. All I can do is speculate. And that would look bad.
TUCHMAN: Melinda says she has been assured she will not be one of the people indicted. She adds she has regular nightmares about the situation, has visited family members of the victims.
And if you’re wondering about her employment with Ray, she took a leave of absence before receiving a note from the James Ray company that her portion was being eliminated.
And, Anderson, not a big surprise here, but, down the road, very possible that she could be a very important prosecution witness against James Ray.
Elsewhere (The Examiner.com, click here for full story), it’s reported that family members have been told that indictments will be coming in “the first part of 2010.”