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James Earl Ray Comes Out of Coma

March 14, 1998

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., regained consciousness after slipping into a coma for two days.

Correction Department spokeswoman Pam Hobbins said Ray was in critical condition Friday.

Ray, 70, suffers from cirrhosis of the liver and has been in and out of the hospital more than a dozen times since December 1996. He underwent hernia surgery last month and was returned to prison 12 days later.

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 since then to get a new trial.

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