Published in The Athens Observer, p. 5A (April 9, 1987).


The House Select Committee on Assassinations "found no evidence ... that [J. B.] Stoner in fact participated in the plot to assassinate Dr. King." But it did find links between Stoner and two of the Ray brothers. According to the Committee, Stoner first met James Earl Ray in the late 1968; the following year, Stoner represented Ray in efforts to withdraw the guilty plea. The Committee also said "Stoner had indicated publicly that he had information about a conspiracy to assassinate Dr. King." Before the Committee, Stoner denied having such information.