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A Persuasive Critical Assessesment Of The Case Against James Earl Ray, The Man Imprisoned For The Murder Of Martin Luther King, And The Evidence For A Broader Conspiracy Involved In The Assassination, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1989, 45 Minutes.) #WhoKilledMartinLutherKing #JamesEarlRay #MartinLutherKing #MartinLutherKingJr #MLK #MemphisTennessee #MemphisSanitationStrike #BlackTheology #BlackLiberationTheology #AssassinationOfMartinLutherKingJr #MartinLutherKingJrAssassination #MLKAssassination #MP4 #VideoDownload #DVD
James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 - April 23, 1998) was an American fugitive convicted for assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. After this, Ray was on the run and was captured in the UK. Ray was convicted in 1969 after entering a guilty plea-thus forgoing a jury trial and the possibility of a death sentence-and was sentenced to 99 years of imprisonment. In a 1999 civil trial, a jury unanimously concluded that Martin Luther King Jr. was the victim of a conspiracy, and that various United States governmental agencies had conspired to murder King and frame Ray. The King family has consistently said that they believe Ray was innocent, though this conclusion has been disputed by the United States Department of Justice.
Martin Luther King Jr., African-American clergyman and civil rights leader, was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, at 6:01 p.m. CST. He was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died at 7:05 p.m. He was a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was known for his use of nonviolence and civil disobedience. James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested on June 8, 1968, at London's Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. He later made many attempts to withdraw his guilty plea and to be tried by a jury, but was unsuccessful. Ray died in prison in 1998. The King family and others believe that the assassination was the result of a conspiracy involving the U.S. government, the mafia, and Memphis police, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993. They believe that Ray was a scapegoat. In 1999, the family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Jowers for the sum of 10M USD. During closing arguments, their attorney asked the jury to award damages of 100 USD, to make the point that "it was not about the money". During the trial, both sides presented evidence alleging a government conspiracy. The accused government agencies could not defend themselves or respond because they were not named as defendants. Based on the evidence, the jury concluded that Jowers and others were "part of a conspiracy to kill King" and awarded the family 100 USD. The allegations and the finding of the Memphis jury were later disputed by the United States Department of Justice in 2000 because of the lack of evidence. The assassination was one of four major assassinations of the 1960s in the United States, coming several years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, and two months before the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968.