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Archival video released of James Earl Ray's arrest

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Never before seen video of MLK assassin James Earl Ray's extradition, incarceration, and prosecution were released Tuesday by the Shelby County Register's office, which runs the archives.

Some of the video, which was shot by sheriff's deputies using newly purchased cameras, shows then-sheriff Bill Morris reading Ray his rights on an airplane.

"You have the right to remain silent," said Morris as Ray is flown back to Memphis from overseas.

Ray, wearing a bullet proof vest, is later seen booked, strip searched, and placed in a holding cell at the jail.

The newly released video was recently converted to a digital format.  The Shelby County Register's office regularly releases historic materials.

Video released Tuesday includes coverage of the hearing during which James Earl Ray pleaded guilty. The documentation of attendees is part of that segment.

"Dave Patterson, WMC-TV," said a former Action News 5 reporter who covered the proceedings.

"Samuel Billy Kyles, Memphis," said assassination witness Rev. Billy Kyles before he entered the courtroom.

Former sheriff and county mayor Bill Morris said he looks forward to seeing the video after all these years.

Meanwhile, Register Tom Leatherwood said the video gives the public the opportunity to view historical events, important to Memphis and the nation, as they happened.

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