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Ray had no expertise as a marksman. The FBI's own test showed no gunpowder reside was on the windowsill where the shot allegedly took place (17).
Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown (who presided over Rays appeal) said about the alleged King Murder weapon a 30.06 Remington Gamemaster rifle that was found in the doorway of Canipe Amusement Company (a block away from the Lorraine) on the night of the assassination "It is my opinion," and continued" that this is not the murder weapon."(18 ).
Judge Brown added that the unfired bullets found wrapped with it in a blanket were metallurgically different from the bullet taken from King's body, and therefore were from a different lot of ammunition. The rifle's scope had not been sighted, Brown said, "this weapon literally could not have hit the broad side of a barn." (19).
Criminal court Judge Joe brown was removed from the Ray case because it claimed he allowed Ray to go too far to prove his innocence, and "went beyond the narrow legal questions raised in Ray's petitions." (20 ).
An ballistics expert Robert Hathaway hired by Rays Lawyer testified that 12 of the 18 bullets fired from the rifle that allegedly killed King had an identical reference point that, were not on the slug that Killed King (21).
The Palm print in the bathroom of the rooming house, and finger prints in the room the assassin rented, were widely reported to be Rays. According to inspector Zachary, neither the palm print nor finger prints proved to be Ray's.
Only one of the three fingerprint expert from the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) formed in 1978 to investigate the assassination of King determined it was Rays fingerprints found on the bundle left by Ray (22 ).
The Trajectory of the bullet fired during the assassination could not be determined (23 ).
The window from which the shot was allegedly fired was obstructed by a tree. Why would an assassin pick a location with an obstructed view? The tree in question was removed after Kings Death. Soloman Jones and Harold Carter said they saw someone flee from the bushes near the window, carrying what appeared to be a gun immediately after they heard the shot that killed King. They believed the gunfire came from the same bushes.