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First medical expert testifies in sweat lodge case


 CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) -- Prosecutors called their first medical expert Tuesday in the trial of a self-help author charged with manslaughter.


Dr. Brent Cutshall treated three people who participated in a sweat lodge ceremony that James Arthur Ray led in October 2009, including one who died.

Ray has pleaded not guilty to three counts of manslaughter, stemming from the deaths of Liz Neuman, Kirby Brown and James Shore.

Cutshall says doctors initially were concerned about carbon monoxide exposure but ruled that out through testing.

Defense attorneys have said that investigators ignored other possible causes for the deaths, such as exposure to unknown toxins. They've called the deaths a tragic accident.

Prosecutors say Ray conditioned participants to trust him and disregard signs of danger in the heated structure.

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