Lawyer James Ray III accused of killing his child’s mother has been arrested

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A Montclair lawyer accused of killing his girlfriend has been arrested on murder charges after a lengthy manhunt. James Ray III, 55, was booked in the Essex County Correctional Facility Tuesday on a charge of murder, jail records show.

Lawyer James Ray III accused of killing his child's mother has been arrested

A Montclair lawyer accused of killing his girlfriend has been arrested on murder charges after a lengthy manhunt.

James Ray III, 55, was booked in the Essex County Correctional Facility Tuesday on a charge of murder, jail records show.

James R. Ray III

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. to release further information about the case.

Ray, the prime suspect in the death of Angela Bledsoe, has been at large since last month.

Bledsoe, 44, was found shot to death Oct. 23 at a home on North Mountain Avenue in Montclair she shared with Ray.

Ray was not present at the home when police arrived. Prosecutors announced shortly after the crime that he was at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.

The couple had a child together who was in the care of family members.

NJ Advance Media reported after the incident that Ray was previously sued by a paralegal he allegedly pressured to become his third wife.

A civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court in 2013 said Ray subjected the paralegal to numerous unwanted conversations about polygamy and pornography while she worked for him in 2012.

The woman was eventually fired by Ray after she rebuffed his advances, the complaint said.

 

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