On June 9 the Justice Department reported on its 21-month investigation into the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, concluding that U.S. agencies were not involved in murdering Dr. King. Like earlier investigations, it concluded that James Earl Ray was the lone killer.
Martin Luther King III responded to the report by asking if the government was capable of investigating itself in his father’s murder. King said his family stood by the verdict of a more independent body, the 12 jurors in the Memphis civil trial last fall who found that a conspiracy to kill Dr. King—one involving government agencies—did in fact exist.
The Justice Department report dismissed evidence of conspiracy given by former Memphis bar-and-grill owner Loyd Jowers and former FBI agent Donald Wilson.