Police mugshot of James Earl Ray,
assassin of Dr Martin Luther King Jr,
arrested for armed robbery in 1952
an escaped American convict,
was arrested in London and was charged
with the murder of Martin Luther King Jr,
the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
In April 1967,
Ray had escaped from Missouri State Penitentiary
where he had been serving a 20 year sentence
for armed robbery.
Martin Luther King was shot dead
on 4 April 1968 in Memphis
and Ray was soon identified
as the chief suspect.
Ray was traced to London
where he had been staying
in an Earls Court hotel
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James Earl Ray, right,
spoke with his lawyer, Mark Lane,
before testifying before
the House Assassinations Committee
Ray was convicted of assassinating
the Rev. Martin Luther King,
the civil rights leader,
in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
Ray died in prison on April 23, 1998.
Photograph: Associated Press
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James Earl Ray 1928-1998
(James Earl Ray) pleaded guilty
to the killing and was sentenced
to 99 years in prison for the murder
to escape the electric chair,
but three days
after his jail sentence began
he withdrew his confession.
His case was taken up
by the King family,
which has campaigned
for a new investigation
into the assassination
in the belief that it may
have been plotted
by senior officials
in the US Government.
The King family
issued a statement
over the death of Ray
and renewed its call
for a fresh inquiry.
Ray was known to have
a fanatical hatred
of black people.
Even while serving
his sentence in Missouri,
he rejected a move
to an open farm prison
where conditions were better
on the grounds
he could not live
with black inmates.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89372294 - April 4, 2008
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89372291 - April 4, 2008
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104047 - February 5, 1997
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