NAMES IN THE NEWS : Letterman Testifies on Intruder

Television talk show host David Letterman appeared in court Monday to testify against the woman who has turned up more than half a dozen times uninvited at the comedian’s New Canaan, Conn., home.

Letterman testified in Norwalk Superior Court that Margaret Ray’s most recent appearance occurred over the weekend of March 18. He said that after returning home from a vacation in California he noticed a window broken in his house and found Ray, 37, asleep in an upstairs bedroom. He declined to press charges.

Letterman testified that less than 24 hours later, while he was upstairs in his bedroom after midnight, she returned.

“I thought perhaps I was smelling smoke so I was unable to go to sleep,” he testified. “I looked down the hallway to see the silhouette of a person standing in the hall.” He identified the silhouette as Margaret Ray.


Ray’s visit in March to Letterman’s house occurred just two days after her release from a Connecticut prison where she served a nine months sentence for an earlier conviction of trespassing on the television star’s property.