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House Assassinations Committee / King #255688

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 29, 1978
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(Studio) Testimony of Saint Louis man to House Assassinations Committee about alleged offer he received if he would kill Martin Luther King, Junior, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Testimony of Russell Byers noted; his allegations that attorney John Sutherland offered him money to kill King in meeting arranged by motel owner John Kauffman outlined. Both Sutherland and Kauffman said to have been from Imperial, Missouri, now dead. Photos shown. Byers' admission to stealing cars at that time and his descriptions of Sutherland and Kauffman stated. His report about turning down offer given. Testimony of attorney who once representative Byers cited. [Attorney Lawrence WEENICK - can't say for certain that Byers isn't lying, but doesn't know what motive for doing so would be.] Committee investigator Edward Evans' report that he's been unable to link Sutherland or Kauffman to King assassination noted; his linkage of 2 men with others, include members of James Earl Ray's family, reported Scheduled testimony of Ray's brothers, John and Jerry, stated. [Committee cnsl. Robert BLAKEY - says possibility of breakthru in material, by congress committee conducting such investigation, is small.]
REPORTER: Jim McManus Artist: Bill Ternay

Cronkite, Walter;
McManus, Jim

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