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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Tests on King Rifle

MEMPHIS, Tennessee () -- A state appeals court allowed for new tests on the rifle and bullet believed used to kill the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., keeping alive James Earl Ray's quest for a trial.

The State Court of Criminal Appeals said Wednesday that a judge has the authority to order new tests on the bullet and the .30-06 hunting rifle found with Ray's fingerprints on it near the Memphis hotel where the civil rights leader was slain in 1968.

Ray, who is 69 and suffering from liver disease, wants the tests to further his decades-old attempt to reverse his guilty plea in the assassination.