A verdict that you may never have heard of before is the exoneration of James Earl Ray in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in 1999. The civil trial King v. Jowers went for 30 days; and in only 59 minutes of deliberation, the jury found the original case incorrect, and a Memphis PD Officer Loyd Jowers had been complicit in the conspiracy to assassinate Dr. King.
The court case never received much media attention. In 1993, the lead up to the consideration of the trial by the King family; Jowers appeared on Prime Time Live on the ABC confessing publicly that he played a role in the assassination, and naming Lt. Earl Clark from the Memphis Police Department as the one who fired the shot that killed Dr. King.
The lead up to the assassination, and on the day before, saw MLK’s security detail removed.
Inspector Don H. Smith was responsible for the request to remove the security. Also removed were a black Memphis PD detective Ed Redditt, and two black firemen from a nearby station, who were known to Dr. King.
The House Select Committee on Assassinations later heard an undercover Memphis Police Department Officer Marrell McCollough testifiy in 1978 that he joined the CIA following Dr King’s death. McCollough had said from his account that he witnessed the assassination from the parking lot of the Lorraine Motel and ran up the stairs to view the body. He remained on the premises until Dr. King’s death, even though others had been removed in the lead up to the event.
Finally, the Tact 10 police escort that was to accompany Dr. King’s security detail was pulled on the day before his death, by an Inspector Evans.
The final conclusion by the trial in 1999 who heard from 70 witnesses, ruled that there was a “conspiracy to kill Martin King involving agents of the government of the United States, State of Tennessee, City of Memphis…”
But after the first 12 hours of reporting the ruling just faded…and “nobody ever heard about it.”
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