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Long-forgotten photos and other documents on MLK's killer are released

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In this 1968 photo released Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by the Shelby County Register's office, authorities escort James Earl Ray to the Shelby County, Memphis, Tenn. jail.

AP reports
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Long-forgotten photos that show James Earl Ray being brought to jail after his arrest for assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. were unveiled Wednesday to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the civil rights leader's death.

Dozens of black-and-white photos, along with letters Ray wrote from jail and other documents, were found a few years ago among old county records in a warehouse in east Memphis, Shelby County Register Tom Leatherwood said. A few photos were posted on The Commercial Appeal's website to accompany a story published Wednesday, and Leatherwood later made the rest available on a county website.

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Sheriff William N. Morris Jr., second from left, and deputies process James Earl Ray after his arrest.

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James Earl Ray is seen in the Shelby County Jail after his arrest.