Judge issues orders in sweat lodge case

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) -- A Yavapai County judge Tuesday morning ordered that autopsy photos of three people who died following a sweat lodge ceremony be withheld.

Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow also ordered that only the first and last pages of the autopsy reports may be released.

The judge set a trial date of Aug. 31 for motivational speaker James Arthur Ray. He's accused of leading a sweat lodge ceremony near Sedona that resulted in the deaths of three people last October.

Eighteen others were hospitalized with illnesses ranging from dehydration to kidney disease.

Ray has pleaded not guilty to three counts of manslaughter stemming from the deaths.