James Earl Ray, Wife Are Granted Divorce

Associated Press

James Earl Ray, who is serving a 99-year prison sentence for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has been granted a divorce from his wife of 14 years.

“This marriage probably was doomed from the beginning,” Probate Judge Jim Everett said Wednesday.

Anna Sandhu Ray said that, at the time they married, Ray told her his release from prison was imminent because he had new evidence to prove his innocence.

King was killed in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. Ray pleaded guilty in 1969 but later recanted.