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Detective details course of Ariz sweat lodge probe


CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) -- The lead detective in an investigation of a deadly Arizona sweat lodge ceremony says the presence of toxins seemed unlikely because not everyone in the sweltering structure became ill.

Attorneys for James Arthur Ray have suggested that authorities focused their criminal investigation on Ray and ignored other potential causes for the deaths of three people. Ray led the ceremony and has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.

Ray rented the Angel Valley Retreat Center outside Sedona for his October 2009 event.

Yavapai County sheriff's Detective Ross Diskin testified Wednesday that his interviews of a couple who tended to a fire and the retreat owners who noted the extreme nature of Ray's sweat lodge helped guide the investigation.

Prosecutors say dozens of interviews with participants backed up that statement.

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