CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 26, 1978
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(Studio) "New York Times" report on testimony given to House Assassinations Committee by Missouri man with regard to plot to kill Martin Luther King, Junior, noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Refusal to comment on report by Assassinations Committee noted; sources' report with regard to suspicion that James Earl Ray was recruited to kill King for money stated. File film shown. Background of official view of Ray's involvement in Memphis murder of King in 1968 given; Ray's subsequent denial of guilt, after initial guilty plea, reported Photos shown. Interview with Ray's brother, Jerry, in Saint Louis shown. [Jerry RAY - states brother's contention about payment to kill King.] Intelligence reports noted about testimony to committee of Saint Louis area busman. resident Russell Byers with regard to offer from Imperial, Missouri, John Kauffmann and Saint Louis busman. John Sutherland to kill King for money. Reasons for committee probe of Byers' testimony listed. FBI discovery of early version of Byers' story in Saint Louis files early this year reported.
REPORTER: Jim McManus
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