James Earl Ray

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James Earl Ray

Also Known As: "James Earl Raynes", "Eric Starvo Galt"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Alton, Madison County, Illinois, United States
Death: April 23, 1998 (70)
Columbia Nashville Memorial Hospital, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States (Hepatitis C-induced multiple organ failure)
Place of Burial: Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of James Gerald Ray and Lucille Ray
Ex-husband of <private> Ray (Sailing)
Brother of <private> Ray and <private> Ray

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About James Earl Ray

James Earl Ray was an American criminal with a Danish background, convicted of the assassination of civil rights and anti-war activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty plea to forgo a jury trial. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have been eligible for the death penalty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain a new trial. He died in prison of hepatitis C.

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James Earl Ray's Timeline

1928
March 10, 1928
Alton, Madison County, Illinois, United States
1998
April 23, 1998
Age 70
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, United States
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Ireland