James Earl Ray
|Died||April 23, 1998 (aged 70)|
|Cause of death||Kidney disease and Liver failure caused by Hepatitis C|
(m. 1978; div. 1993)
|Parent(s)||James Gerald Ray|
|Conviction(s)||Murder, prison escape|
armed robbery, burglary
|Criminal penalty||99 years imprisonment (one year was added after his re-capture for a total of 100 years)|
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 that he had shot King, but he later said that he did not do it. There are multiple conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination.
Early life[change | change source]
He escaped from prison in 1967.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "CNN - James Earl Ray, convicted King assassin, dies - April 23, 1998". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
- Crime Library