D r. Martin Luther King would have turned 83 this year, as a birthday tribute, we discovered some interesting facts about Dr. King’s murder. Did you know there was a Martin Luther King Conspiracy Trial in 1999? What should have been labeled the “trail of the century” — with very little media coverage, the public does not know that this trial took place and what the outcome was. How did the trial even come about: In 1977 the family of Martin Luther King engaged an attorney and friend, Dr. William Pepper, to investigate a suspicion they had. They no longer believed that James Earl Ray was the killer.
For their peace of mind, for an accurate record of history, and out of a sense of justice they conducted a two decade long investigation. The evidence they uncovered was put before a jury in Memphis, TN, in November 1999. 70 witnesses testified under oath, 4,000 pages of transcripts described the evidence, much of it new. It took the jury 59 minutes to come back with their decision that Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim’s Grill, had participated in a conspiracy to kill King, a conspiracy that included J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, the Memphis Police Department (MPD), and organized crime.
The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. After the trial, the son of Dr. King, Dexter King was subsequently asked by a reporter, “there are many people out there who feel that as long as these conspirators remain nameless and faceless there is no true closure, and no justice.”
He replied: “No, he [Mr. Lloyd Jowers] named the shooter. The shooter was the Memphis Police Department Officer, Lt. Earl Clark who he named as the killer. Once again, beyond that you had credible witnesses that named members of a Special Forces team who didn’t have to act because the contract killer succeeded, with plausible denial, a Mafia contracted killer”
The news of the verdict, in one of the most important national security trials in modern history — but so little is known about it. For more information and to read transcripts from the trial go here.