NEWARK, NJ - The Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 22 has been captured in Cuba, police officials announced on Wednesday. According to published reports, James Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.
During a press conference, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens announced, "Today, we have in custody James R. Ray, III, who is charged with the murder of Angela Bledsoe, the mother of his daughter, and the woman with whom he shared a home on North Mountain Avenue in Montclair."
The FBI worked in connection with the Montclair Police Department, Allentown, PA Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Embassy in Havana, Enforcement and Removal Operations Customs and Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, to solve this case and bring Ray back to the United States.
Ray is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday, November 13 before Judge Martin G. Cronin, Judge of the Superior Court, to determine if he will be retained.
The investigation remains active and ongoing, officials announced. These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutors Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1–877–TIPS–4EC or 1–877–847–7432.