A court order filed on Sept. 8 announced the likely push back of the Sabrina Ray trial due to the scheduling of an informal status conference to be held on Oct. 13. Five family members have been arrested and charged following the death of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray: Both Parents, Marc, and Misty Ray, Justin Ray, Carla Raye Bousman, and Josie Ray Bousman.
Originally, the family would be tried together on Oct. 30, but now will face a new deadline rolling outside of 2017.
The court order discussed the push back: “Given the fact that discovery documents provided to Defendant’s attorney now contain several thousands of pages, it is unlikely that trail can occur anytime during calendar year 2017.”
The trial date will reset at 9 a.m. during the Oct. 13 conference. According to documents, “multiple depositions must also be completed before a trial can occur.”
It was also revealed that three of the State’s proposed witnesses for the trial are minor siblings to 22-year-old, Justin Ray.
“Because the witnesses are young children, special protocols must be devised regarding the conduct of those depositions,” the court order reads. “The State intends to file a motion no later than Oct. 13 that requests the specific deposition protocols for the minor witnesses.”
Sabrina Ray, 16, was found deceased at the former Rays of Sunshine daycare in Perry. According to reports from the medical examiner, Sabrina’s death was ruled as a manner of homicide.
Five members of Sabrina’s family have been charged in connection to her death.
Both Marc, 40, and Misty Ray, 41, were arrested on Thursday, May 18, each facing charges that include the follows: one count of Child Endangerment resulting in death, a Class B Felony, four counts of Child Endangerment resulting in serious injury, a Class C Felony, and three counts of Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person, a Class C Felony.
Justin Dale Ray, son of the Rays, faces the following charges: one count of child endangerment resulting in a serious injury, a Class C felony, one count of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury, a Class D felony, and two counts of willful injury causing bodily, a Class D felony.
According to the Dallas County court documents, Justin, between the dates of April 15 and May 1, ”‘drop-kicked’ Sabrina Lynn Ray down the basement staircase, causing her to land on the basement floor. Sabrina Lynn Ray suffered serious injury and was unable to walk, talk, eat or drink in her normal fashion following the act.”
Carla Raye Bousman, Sabrina’s Grandmother, was charged with three counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping 1st degree, Class A felonies, one count of aiding and abetting child endangerment resulting in death, a Class B felony, and one count of obstructing prosecution or defense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.
Josie Raye Bousman, niece of the Rays, was charged with three counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping first degree, Class A felonies, one count of aiding and abetting child endangerment resulting in death, a Class B felony.