Who was convicted of assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr.?
James Earl Ray
Answer: James Earl Ray shot and killed Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, as the civil rights leader was standing on a balcony outside of his motel room. After shooting King, Ray immediately fled, setting off a manhunt that would last more than two months and cover five countries.
At the time, it was said to be the FBI’s most expensive and biggest investigation in its history. The FBI caught up with Ray in London and extradited him to the United States. Ray pleaded guilty to the murder, and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Ray died in prison on April 23, 1998.