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MLK Family Seek New Details Surrounding Assassination

HeadlineNov 16, 1999

Family members of Martin Luther King Jr. hope a trial stemming from a lawsuit they filed will bring out new details about the civil rights leader’s assassination. The family filed the wrongful death lawsuit last year against Loyd Jowers, who claimed on national television in 1993 that he hired King’s killer, and it wasn’t James Earl Ray. Jowers has since refused to discuss his claim. A jury was selected to hear the case yesterday. Jowers has told the Kings the fatal shot actually was fired from a brushy area behind the restaurant and that the shooter handed him the rifle moments after the assassination. Jowers claims he gave the rifle to an unidentified conspirator the next day. He says he was paid $100,000 to hire the killer, whom he refused to identify as a favor to a now-deceased man who allegedly had links to organized crime.

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