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 - 10, 1969 AP Wirephoto PRICE: 10 CENTS Ray...
10, 1969 AP Wirephoto PRICE: 10 CENTS Ray Pleads Guilty To King Murder MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Earl Ray pleaded guilty today to murder in the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ray took the stand shortly after 9 a.m. Criminal Court Judge W. Preston Battle asked the defendant if he understood what he was doing in pleading guilty, if the decision was of his own free will and if he understood that he waived all rights to appeal. Ray said he understood. Pereman, Ray's defense lawyer, told the court, "I've never had hopes of anything except . to save this man's life." "It took me months to prove to myself . . . that it was not a conspiracy," Foreman added. A jury was selected from a agent in charge of the FBI office in Memphis, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Foreman had conferred with two of Ray's brothers and a sister last week, apparently to clear the way for a guilty plea. Ray, an escapee from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested in London last June 8, two months and four days after King was killed by a single shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Ray was returned to Memphis in July after lengthy extradition proceedings and 'since then has been held under extraordinary security precautions in an air- conditioned and TV-monitored cell block of the Shelby County jail. He has made fewer than a venire chosen two weeks ago. / spokesman for' the court sa« the jurors had no idea what case they would be hearing when they reported this morning. Five men were called to testify that King was, indeed, murdered. Those called to testify included: —The Rev. Samuel B. Kyles, a Memphis Baptist minister with whom King was to have had supper on the eve of this death. —Chauncey Eskridge of Chicago, an attorney and close friend of the late civil rights leader. —Dr. Jerry T. Francisco, the Shelby County coroner, who discussed the single rifle wound which King received. —Inspector N. E. Zachary, chief of Memphis homicide officers. —Robert Jensen, special half-dozen court appearances since his return, the first for his arraignment and the remainder as a series of procedural dfr ense motions were argued. Tennessee law in first-de- ;ree-murder cases requires a ury to set a sentence regard- ess of the plea entered, but a provision of the statute allow* urors who say they can not agree with a recommended sentence to be disqualified. The law further requires that be prosecution must then prov* that King was killed. Under the rules governing a guilty plea, the attorneys then stipulate that if the case had gone. to trial evidence would have been presented to show that Ray was the man who shot King. King was slain on the night of April 4 while in Memphis to help about 1,300 sanitation workers, most of them Negroes, in a strike against the city government. Suez Canal Quiet; Egypt Buries Riad TEL AVIV (AP) — After two. Saturday. They reported to U.N. days of heavy shelling, the Suez Canal was reported quiet again today. Egypt prepared a hero's funeral for its army chief of staff, Gen. Abdel Moneim Riad, who was fatally wounded by an Israeli shell Sunday. "They are burying their general at noon, so we don't expect trouble today," an Israeli military source said. U.N. observers blamed Egypt for the start of the artillery duel headquarters that they observed the Egyptians firing from one to 32 minutes before the Israelis opened up along the blocked waterway. Israeli shells bit Egypt's oil refinery, at Suez for the fourth time since the 1967 war, and the Israelis said a petrochemical plant and oil storage tanks were still burning today. Egypt said three tanks were set afire. Israel said one of its Piper

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  1. The Progress-Index,
  2. 10 Mar 1969, Mon,
  3. Page 8

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