Attorneys seek James Earl Ray's release on bond
September 2, 1997
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- Attorneys for James Earl Ray
are expected to request on Tuesday that the confessed killer
of Martin Luther King Jr. be released on bond. They cite a
state law in Tennessee that allows a new trial when a judge
dies while considering a motion.
Two weeks after confessing to the 1968 assassination, Ray
sent a letter to Shelby County Criminal Court Judge W.
Preston Battle, seeking to withdraw his plea and obtain a
Battle died of a heart attack five days later, before making
His successor and the Tennessee Supreme Court rejected Ray's
request. Attorneys for Ray say those actions violated the
state law at issue.