James Earl Ray
James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 - April 23, 1998) was the man who was convicted of murdering Martin Luther King, Jr on April 4, 1968. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. At first he said he had shot King, but he later said he did not do it.
He was born in Alton, Illinois. He was convicted of burglary, robbery, theft and forgery during the 1950s. He escaped from prison in 1967. He died in Nashville, Tennessee from liver failure caused by hepatitis C.
- "CNN - James Earl Ray, convicted King assassin, dies - April 23, 1998". edition.cnn.com. http://edition.cnn.com/US/9804/23/ray.obit/. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
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