Montclair lawyer confessed in note to killing girlfriend, documents say

Angela Bledsoe was found shot to death inside the couple's home last month.

The Montclair lawyer accused of fatally shooting the mother of his child last month confessed to the crime in a note to a family member, according to charging documents filed by prosecutors.

In the note, Ray confessed to killing Angela Bledsoe, and indicated he was scared to face prison time and “the long burden of a trial,” an investigator wrote in an affidavit obtained by NJ Advance Media.

James Ray IIIJames Ray III. (Jail photo.)

Ray has been charged with murder in the death of Bledsoe, whom Montclair police found shot to death inside the couple’s home at 304 N. Mountain Ave. the night of Oct. 22.Ray, 55, was turned over to agents from the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations by authorities in Cuba on Tuesday, just over a week after he was detained upon arriving in the country.

According to the affidavit, officers were sent to the house after Ray’s sibling found the note inside the suitcase of the lawyer’s child, whom Ray had left in the family’s care earlier that evening.

It was unclear Friday whether Ray, who remains jailed at the Essex County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday, had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

– This story is developing and will be updated.

Thomas Moriarty may be reached at tmoriarty@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriartyFind NJ.com on Facebook

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