ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 17, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. House Assassinations Committee hearings on Martin Luther King, Junior, shooting, with testimony from James Earl Ray, noted. Ray's past testimony about mvts. prior to shooting, include denial that he was in Atlanta when King was there just before murder, reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Ray's testimony about trip to Memphis on instructions of mystery man, Raoul, outlined. [Representative Louis STOKES - asks Ray about truth in statement that he didn't go to Atlanta before Memphis. Asks if Ray wants to change statement.] [RAY - says statement is true and doesn't want to change of any of it. Didn't return to Atlanta and if did, will take responsibility for King case on TV.] Committee evidence that Ray was in Atlanta at that time outlined, include laundry ticket in alias of Eric Galt. [STOKES - questions Ray about ticket.] [RAY - responds.] Other evidence disputing Ray's claims described. [STOKES - asks if Ray didn't follow King's mvts., from time of Ray's departure from Los Angeles till he reached Memphis.] [RAY - denies this.] Conflict between committee and Ray's attorney Mark Lane outlined. [STOKES - remarks on attorney's nonpreparedness.] [LANE - responds.]
REPORTER: Brit Hume
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