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Newly digitized videos of the man who killed Martin Luther King, Jr.

Restored videotapes  of James Earl Ray's  return to Memphis to face trial for the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. have been released on the 45 anniversary of King's death.  MLK, Jr. was shot April 4 1968 while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.  NBC's Thanh Truong reports.

This week the Tennessee Shelby County Register's office released newly digitized video tape reels of James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The footage includes court proceedings, Ray's return to Memphis, Tenn., to face trial, and an interview with journalist William Huie who eventually wrote a book about Ray called "He Slew the Dreamer.

"It is believed that the personnel using the equipment were learning how to operate this technology as they recorded," said the Shelby County Register in a statement. "As a result, the footage is not always as clear as we are accustomed to seeing today."

Thursday is the 45th anniversary of King's death.  

Ray was serving a 99-year sentence for the crime when he died at the age of 70 in 1998.

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This week the Tennessee Shelby County Register's office released newly digitized videos of James Earl Ray, who assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tenn. Friday is the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. NBC's Brian Williams reports.