Audio recordings played in AZ sweat lodge deaths trial
Audio recordings were played today in the trial of a self-help guru accused in the deaths of three people at a spiritual, sweat lodge retreat in Arizona, including Hudson Valley native Kirby Brown.
The recordings were made the day before Kirby Brown died, and in them, Brown can be heard referring to a spiritual exercise in which she says that she died after longing to become a hero. She also talks about the physical challenges she endured in the game, challenges like enduring feelings of near-freezing, and vomiting.
The defense had tried to prevent the prosecution from playing the recordings for the courtroom full of Brown's family members, friends and even her spiritual leader, James Arthur Ray, who's accused of negligence in connection with Brown's death. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
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