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Lawyer seeks liver transplant for James Earl Ray

April 13, 1997
Web posted at: 3:29 p.m. EDT (1929 GMT)


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The man convicted of killing civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is in need of a new liver, his lawyer said.

Appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live," attorney William Pepper said he is seeking a liver transplant for James Earl Ray. Pepper said Ray, 69, is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.

Ray is serving a 99-year prison sentence for the 1968 murder of King. He initially confessed to the crime but later recanted his story, saying his attorneys forced him to confess. He has recently sought to reopen the case and win a trial.


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