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House Assassinations Committee / King Murder / Ray Testimony #259173

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 16, 1978
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(Studio) James Earl Ray's testimony to House Assassinations Committee about murder of Martin Luther King, Junior, noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Security surrounding hearings detailed; Ray's detention in fed. prison in Petersburg, Virginia, and arrival at Rayburn Building in Washington, DC noted. [Representative Richardson PREYER - states conditions under which audience must abide when Ray is testifying.] Ray's testimony outlined. [RAY - would have told trial court and jury that he didn't shoot King and if he'd had attorney, could have offered proof of denial.] Ray's alleged connection with mystery man Raoul in carrying contraband in Canada and Mexico reported, include purchase of gun for Raoul day before King killing in Memphis. Representative Louis Stokes' request that Ray prove innocence stated. [RAY - discusses alibis for time he was allegedly in restroom from which King was rptdly. shot and at actual time of shooting.] [STOKES - asks if Ray's testimony to Committee, regardless of discrepancies in past statements, is truth.] [RAY - says yes.] Chgs. about treatment of Ray at federal prison, by his attorney Mark Lane, cited.

McManus, Jim;
Rather, Dan

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