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N.M. Man To Be Tried on Sex Charges

April 16, 1999

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) _ A judge ruled today that David Parker Ray must stand trial in the kidnap and sexual torture of two women who testified they were sodomized and held for days in padlocked collars.

District Judge Neil Mertz said the evidence was sufficient to show Ray may have committed the crimes outlined in the 25 counts against him. The charges include kidnapping, criminal sexual pentration and aggravated battery.

Bond was set at $1 million. No trial date was set.

Ray’s co-defendant, Cynthia Lea Hendy, who waived a preliminary hearing, had charges against her reduced from 25 to five counts of conspiracy and being an accessory. A proposed plea agreement was pending for her that would put her in prison for at least 12 years.

Another defendant, Dennis Roy Yancy, is charged with murdering a woman who vanished from an Elephant Butte bar two years ago.

Investigators still have not ruled out other homicides or arrests in an investigation that generated more than 1,000 pieces of evidence and more than 100 leads and involves as many as 10 states.

Two women testified at Ray’s preliminary hearing of being abducted, chained, tortured sexually with objects and given electric shocks. One woman was attacked last month, and the other came forward at that time with the story of a similar ordeal in February.

District Attorney Ron Lopez said there were other victims who have not yet been identified.

``I don’t think he was after somebody who was willing. He likes to see the pain and the torture,″ Lopez said.

Ray’s attorney, Jeff Rein, had argued that some of the charges should be dismissed, saying his client did not hold the gun used to threaten the women and the victims’ injuries were not sufficient to prove great bodily harm.

One of the two women, a 22-year-old Albuquerque resident, screamed at Ray and wept on the witness stand as she described Thursday how she broke free after three days.

The woman said she fought back with an ice pick and fled Ray’s lakeside mobile home. Except for the padlocked metal collar and chain on her neck, she was naked as she ran down the street seeking help.

``I ran and ran and ran,″ she said. ``It seemed like I ran forever. I seen some door open in some trailer _ some lady was in some trailer. I just grabbed her and told her to help me.″ That woman contacted police.

Ray also is accused of abducting and torturing a Truth or Consequences woman a month earlier. In her testimony, the woman said she managed to persuade Ray and Hendy, whom she had known earlier, to release her after five days.

``I had to play the part to be their friends in order to still be alive,″ she testified. ``I’m surprised I made it out of there. ... I didn’t know if I was going to see my kids again.″

The Truth or Consequences woman said she called police after hearing about the Albuquerque woman’s ordeal. She said she had been afraid to report it earlier.

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