Arizona Sweat Lodge: The Inside Story of James Ray's Fatal Retreat

"And I look up and he's standing right over my head watching. He's watching from stand-up position. He didn't offer to help. He didn't say anything. Nothing at all," she said, adding that she did not see Ray do anything to help anyone.

Ray's lawyers insist that 911 was called as soon as the emergency became apparent. Ray, they say, had been encouraging people to hydrate, and had a retired nurse on site.

However, when he was questioned by police at the scene, he refused to cooperate. He left the state within hours, while as many as 20 followers were still being treated for medical problems.

Kirby Brown, James Shore, 40, and 49-year-old Liz Neumann would all die after their sweat lodge experience.

After the Sedona tragedy, things started to quickly unravel for Ray. Five days later, he resumed his public speaking engagements. He become the target of criticism, and a couple weeks later he abruptly canceled a seminar in Toronto and announced he would forgo all future appearances.

In February, Ray was charged with three counts of manslaughter for his role in the deaths of Brown, Shore and Neumann.

Ray declined repeated requests by ABC for an interview, but his attorneys maintain his innocence. They argue that Ray never forced anyone to enter or stay in the sweat lodge, and that he took extensive precautions to prevent problems. They also state that participants were warned in writing and in person about the dangers.

"This was a terrible, terrible accident," said Luis Li, James' lawyer. "It wasn't a crime, Mr. Ray looks forward to his day in court."

Watch the full story Tuesday on "Primetime: Mind Games" at 10 p.m. ET

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