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Ray Case / Guilty Plea / Conspiracy #202496

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 10, 1969
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(Studio) James Earl Ray trial ends.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Memphis, Tennessee) By pleading guilty to killing Dr. Martin Luther King, Ray avoids death sentence. Jury convicts him to 99 years Ray disagrees in court with former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover who said there wasn't conspiracy. Trial over in less than 2 hrs. [Defense Attorney Percy FOREMAN - says doesn't give a damn if there was a conspiracy.] [Judge West Preston BATTLE - says no evidence to indict anyone as co-conspirator.] [District Attorney Philip CANALE - thinks race was motive.] Ray taken to Nashville prison.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel

(Studio) Ray eligible for parole in 1999. King's widow, Coretta, says trial's end shouldn't lead to case's closing. Justice Department continues case.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed
Duration:
00:03:40

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