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James Earl Ray hospitalized again

Ray October 30, 1997
Web posted at: 2:06 p.m. EST (1906 GMT)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- James Earl Ray, the confessed assassin of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was listed in fair condition Thursday after being hospitalized for liver-related problems.

It is the eighth time in less than a year Ray has entered the hospital. Ray, 69, was admitted to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Nashville Wednesday afternoon. He suffers from cirrhosis of the liver.

Ray is serving a 99-year prison sentence for the 1968 shooting of King -- a crime Ray confessed to but recanted shortly afterward. He has sought a trial ever since, claiming his gun was planted near the scene.

Last month, Ray was denied a petition to be released on bail to seek medical attention out of state. He is seeking a liver transplant.


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