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Convicted assassin is stable after surgery to fix hernia

James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was in stable condition after hernia surgery.

The surgery was performed Thursday, one day after the hernia was discovered during a routine checkup at Columbia/Nashville Memorial Hospital.Ray, 69, who has terminal liver disease, asked in October for a medical furlough, which is for inmates in "imminent danger of death." His request was denied.

Ray, who is serving a 99-year sentence at a medical prison, has been in and out of the hospital during the past year.