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House Assassinations Committee / King Death / Ray Testimony #55204

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 16, 1978
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(Studio) James Earl Ray's admission of guilt and later denial of it in assassination of Martin Luther King, Junior, noted. His testimony to House Assassinations Committee reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Security precautions taken in Capitol and meeting room described; Senator Richardson Preyer's warning to spectators noted. Ray's testimony reported [RAY - would have told trial court and jury he didn't kill King.] Details of testimony about alleged FBI and Memphis police involvement in shooting and about Ray's connection with mystery man Raoul, given. [RAY - describes actions upon leaving Memphis, going to Mississippi and then towards Atlanta.] Committee questioning about Raoul outlined. [Representative Louis STOKES - asks for Raoul's full name.] [RAY - doesn't know.] [STOKES - cites amount of time Ray and Raoul allegedly spent together in Birmingham and other places.] [RAY - responds.] Ray's attorney Mark Lane's request for recess till morning detailed.

(Studio) Ray's claim of beatings by guards at Petersburg federal prison in Virginia, where he's being held, and prison spokesperson's denial reported Federal judge's agreement with regard to change in guards for Ray noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Hume, Brit;
Reynolds, Frank

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