Prosecutors: Sweat-lodge victims blindly followed self-help guru

Three people who died following an Arizona sweat-lodge ceremony remained in the sweltering enclosure to prove to a self-help guru that they were committed to the event "full-on," a prosecutor told jurors today.

CLICK HERE to listen to recordings of 911 calls made by other participants at the retreat.

Luis Li, the defense attorney for James Arthur Ray, disputed the defense's contention that Ray conditioned dozens of people to trust him during the Oct. 2009 ceremony in Arizona. He said participation wasn't mandatory and that authorities never followed up on reports that the victims and others who were injured may have had toxins in their system.

One of the victims, Kirby Brown, was from Orange County. Brown's cousin, Tom McFeely, said the defense seemed "to be blaming everything but the bedbugs for killing these three people."

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