4th April
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1968 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Is Assassinated

It happened a few minutes after 6pm while Dr Martin Luther King Jr stood on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Motel Lorraine in Memphis, Tennessee.

He was only 39 years old.

James Earl Ray was the prime suspect for the murder. The rifle, a Remington .30-06, was found near the scene, eyewitness reports and fingerprint evidence all pointed to Ray as the assassin.

Ray was eventually arrested in Britain on June 8th at Heathrow Airport. Ray was extradited back to the USA and there he pled guilty to avoid execution. He was sentenced to 99 years in jail.

But his conviction has been widely criticized. Ray claims he was part of a conspiracy and fled after realizing he was the patsy. Even King's relatives have spoken out in Ray's defense.

Ray died in 1998.

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