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James Earl Ray Back in Hospital

April 21, 1998

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ James Earl Ray, the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., was back in the hospital Monday, in critical condition due to problems related to his liver disease.

The 70-year-old Ray was admitted to Columbia Nashville Memorial Hospital at 5:15 p.m., Correction Department spokeswoman Pam Hobbins said.

Ray, who suffers from cirrhosis of the liver, has been in and out of the hospital since December 1996.

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 ever since to get a trial.

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