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King Assassination / Ray Testimony To House Committee #500155

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 13, 1978
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(Studio) Details given about security precautions being taken for public testimony of James Earl Ray to House Assassinations Committee Ray will testify with regard to claim he's not guilty in death of Martin Luther King, Junior
REPORTER: Jess Marlow

(DC) Events surrounding King's assassination at Lorraine Motel in Memphis and Ray's capture in London, guilty plea in hearing and subsequent claims of conspiracy and that he didn't shoot King outlined. Films and sketches shown; then-Attorney General Ramsey Clark's announcement after shooting that there was no evidence of conspiracy noted. [House subcommittee chairperson Walter FAUNTROY - hasn't ruled out conspiracy.] [Representative Mandel DAVIS - says Assassinations Committee has lot of loose ends, but thinks committee seeks to change history by proving there was conspiracy.] Tip given committee by Russell Byers, with regard to offer once made by Saint Louis busman. John Kauffmann to arrange King's murder, outlined; committee questioning of Byer's brother-in-law, John Spica, who was in prison with Ray, reported Photos shown.

Kur, Bob;
Marlow, Jess

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