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Restored video shows James Earl Ray in Memphis for MLK murder trial

Staff Report • Apr 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

MEMPHIS — Newly-restored videotapes showing James Earl Ray's return to Memphis to face trial for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. have been released on the 45th anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

The Shelby County Register's office says it has converted to a digital medium several reels of tape that were shot in 1968 and 1969 on a Sony Videocorder and video camera. The tapes were discovered among old material in the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

One highlight is the arrival of Ray after his arrest in London. Ray is on an airplane, having his rights read to him by Sheriff Bill Morris. Also shown is Ray's arrival at the Shelby County Jail.

King was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

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