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James Earl Ray in coma

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March 13, 1998
Web posted at: 10:19 a.m. EST (1519 GMT)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., remained in critical condition in a coma Friday.

Jerry Ray first told WTVF-TV that his brother fell into a coma Wednesday at Nashville Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted Sunday with complications from liver disease.

Hospital spokeswoman Freda Herndon confirmed Friday that Ray, 70, is comatose and in critical condition.

Ray suffers from cirrhosis of the liver and has been in and out of the hospital nearly a dozen times since December 1996. He underwent hernia surgery last month and was returned to prison 12 days later.

He is serving a 99-year prison sentence for King's 1968 murder in Memphis. Ray confessed to the killing but recanted three days later and has been fighting since then to get a trial.

 
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