Ray's account of the evening was that he was ill and went to visit his friend. He said that at some point, he dozed off in one of the friend's bedrooms and awakened to find the friend attempting to sodomize him. He told the jury, "I could feel his penis in my butt cheeks." Then, Ray allegedly fought him off. So, in essence, he was simply defending himself. I suspect since Ray's friend was strangled to death, the jury didn't buy his account of self defense. As of June 2012, Ray was sentenced to a mandatory term of life in a state prison without parole.
What actually took place in that house the world will never know. But what we do know is that an inarguably attractive, young man murdered another man. And that he's paying the penultimate price: life in prison. Unfortunately, his "friend" paid the ultimate price: death.
ALL photos by STEVEN BLANK PHOTOGRAPHY.