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N.M. Man To Be Tried on Sex Charges

April 17, 1999

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) _ A man on Friday was ordered to stand trial in the abduction of two women who said they were held in bondage and sexually tortured.

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

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

Charges against Ray’s co-defendant, Cynthia Lea Hendy, were reduced from 25 to five counts of conspiracy and being an accessory. A proposed plea agreement would put her in prison for at least 12 years. Hendy waived a preliminary hearing earlier this week.

Another defendant, Dennis Roy Yancy, is charged with murdering a 22-year-old woman who vanished from a bar two years ago.

During a two-day preliminary hearing, the two women testified of being abducted, chained, sexually tortured with objects and given electric shocks. One woman escaped and reported the attack, and the other came forward at that time with the story of a similar ordeal.

Both women said were assaulted in a trailer near Ray and Hendy’s mobile home. The trailer, called the ``toy box,″ contained chemicals, surgical tools, sexual devices, a gurney, pulleys, weights, and video cameras, investigator John Briscoe testified Friday.

Investigators found ``instructions on how to handle excuses given by a captive,″ Briscoe said. ``Don’t let her get to you, if she’s worth taking, she’s worth keeping,″ the instructions read. ``To intensify her fear, tell her she will be kept as a sex slave.″

Both women said they listened to an audiotape, described as an orientation tape, that told them what they would experience during their captivity. It said, ``Once we get tired of you, we’ll get rid of you,″ one of the women testified.

Investigators searching the mobile home also found blood, hair and feces, a cattle prod and a coffin-like box that had hooks for restraints at each end and was equipped with an electric fan and a vent, Briscoe said.

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 a gun used to threaten the women and that the two victims’ injuries were not sufficient to prove great bodily harm.

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