CBS Evening News for Monday, May 26, 1969
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(Studio) James Earl Ray loses bid for new trial.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Memphis, Tennessee) Ray lost right to jury trial when he pleaded guilty to killing Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Death of Judge Preston Battle results in replacement by Arthur Faquin. Court clerk J.A. Blackwell read from Ray's guilty plea transcript. Assistant Attorney General Robert Dwyer says Ray waived rights to appeal. Defense Attorney Robert Hill argues plea was unconst. Defense Attorney J.B. Stoner asks that accusation that Ray had been duped by former attys. be dropped. Accusation said Arthur Hanes and Percy Foreman used case for own financial benefit by peddling information to author, William Bradford Huie. Ray has several options.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel Artist: Howard Brodie
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