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Last Updated: Monday, 29 September, 2003, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Who killed Martin Luther King?
Is James Earl Ray an innocent man?

In a HARDtalk interview Tim Sebastian talks to lawyer, William Pepper about who he thinks killed Martin Luther King Jr.

The American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr was killed in 1967, and a year later James Earl Ray was convicted for the murder.

Lawyer William Pepper has spent a quarter of a century trying to prove that Ray didn't pull the trigger.

Over years of investigation, Pepper has formed his own opinion of the events surrounding King's death.

He acted for the King family in a civil action which found a Memphis café owner had hired an assassin to kill King.

A sinister cover-up, or a convoluted conspiracy theory?

Tim Sebastian talks to William Pepper about his crusade on Ray's behalf and the perils of trying to rewrite history.

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at 03:30 GMT, 08:30 GMT, 11:30 GMT, 15:30 GMT, 18:30 GMT and 22:30 GMT

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 03:30 and 23:30



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