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Ray indicted on charges of theft, witness tampering
by Gary Kent
May 24, 2013 | 6508 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cynthia Lea Hogan Ray
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BEEVILLE – Bee County grand jurors returned a four-count indictment against a 56-year-old Bee County woman on theft and witness tampering charges when they met Tuesday.

The indictment named Cynthia Lee Ray, also known as Cynthia Carriger Ray. She was identified a year ago as the widow of George A. “Tracy” Ray.

The suspect was arrested a year ago following an investigation led by Texas Ranger James Bennett.

The first count of the indictment alleges that Ray took jewelry that legally had belonged to two of her late husband’s children, who were co-executors of their late father’s estate.

Count two of the document alleges that Ray gained possession of a Les Baer .45-caliber handgun, and count three claims that the defendant also took a Robinson .223-caliber rifle.

Each of the first three counts is a state jail felony. If convicted, the defendant could be sentenced to up to two years in a state jail facility and fined $10,000 on each charge.

The fourth count of the indictment was on a charge of tampering with a witness. That charge was enhanced to a third degree felony.

Investigators alleged that the defendant agreed to “confer a benefit” to a man who was, at the time, a witness to an official investigation of theft of firearms.

According to the indictment, Ray told the man that he would be able to keep two firearms if he told investigators that Tracy Ray had given him the guns before he died.

If convicted on that charge, the defendant could be sentenced to up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

District Judge Starr Bauer set Ray’s bond at $10,000.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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