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Conspiracy Found in King Killing

December 8, 1999

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ A jury found Wednesday that the Rev. Martin Luther King was the victim of a murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin.

The King family had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Loyd Jowers, a retired Memphis businessman who claimed six years ago that he paid someone other than James Earl Ray to kill King. A jury of six blacks and six whites needed only three hours to reach their verdict.

The Kings were seeking unspecified damages, but what they wanted most was for the jury to find evidence of a conspiracy and lend support to the family’s call for a new investigation into the killing.

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