CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 17, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. questioning of James Earl Ray by House Assassinations Committee with regard to murder of Martin Luther King, Junior, reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Outbursts between Ray's attorney Mark Lane and committee members detailed. [Representative Louis STOKES - comments on Lane's alleged unpreparedness.] [LANE - responds.] Lane's statements about committee and chairperson Richardson Preyer's responses noted. [RAY - thinks he can explain things about past testimony in shorter time than arguments between cnsl. might take.] [STOKES - says they can't help Ray without finding mystery man, Raoul. Notes that Raoul's fingerprints weren't found on murder weapon; asks if that doesn't raise question about existence of man.] [RAY - wouldn't have had trouble keeping his fingerprints off weapon if he knew of potential use in serious crime.] Testimony and evidence with regard to Ray's alleged mvts. across country from Los Angeles to Atlanta outlined; stops in Birmingham and Selma, Alabama, mentioned. Ray's claims about going to Atlanta after King shooting stated. [RAY - didn't go to Atlanta; if did, will take responsibility for King case on TV.] Witness' response to evidence he was in Atlanta on April 1, 1968, and other testimony cited.
REPORTER: Jim McManus