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    Micah Crofford Brown - Texas Death Row


    Dr. Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray, 35





    Judge sets fall trial date in death penalty case


    A tentative trial date has been set for a Micah Crofford Brown of Greenville charged in the shooting death of his ex-wife.

    Brown has pleaded not guilty to allegedly murdering Stella Michelle Ray, despite admitting to the crime, according to authorities. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

    Ray, a teacher at Caddo Mills ISD, was shot and killed last summer in a believed custody dispute.

    Trial for Brown will begin November 1. He remains jailed on $1.5 million bond.

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    Jury pool ordered for Micah Brown capital murder trial

    The trial of a Greenville man, charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of his ex-wife, will formally begin one month from today.

    A state district judge Tuesday ordered the assembly of a jury pool on March 27 in the case of Micah Crofford Brown. During a pretrial hearing in the 354th District Court, Judge Richard A. Beacom called for 400 potential jurors to be summoned to appear on that date.

    The questioning of individual jurors is scheduled to begin on April 1.

    Prosecutors have announced they intend to seek death by lethal injection as a punishment for Brown, should he be convicted of capital murder involving the death of Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray. Brown has pleaded not guilty.

    Ray, a Caddo Mills school teacher, was shot and killed in Greenville.

    Brown, 33, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bond. Authorities say Brown has confessed to shooting Ray, 36, of Greenville on the night of July 20, 2011 as the two argued over a custody dispute.

    The capital murder indictment alleges Brown committed the murder while also committing family violence and “in the course of committing or attempting to commit terroristic threat.”

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    The jury selection process began Wednesday in the trial of Micah Crofford Brown, charged with capital murder in connection with the 2011 shooting death of his ex-wife, Caddo Mills school teacher Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray.

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    Jury selection continues in capital murder case

    Jury selection continues in the pending trial of a Greenville man, charged with capital murder involving the 2011 shooting death of his ex-wife.

    The start of testimony had not yet been scheduled as of Friday in the case of Micah Crofford Brown, charged in connection with the death of Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray. Brown has pleaded not guilty.

    The assembly of a jury pool was conducted in the 354th District Court on March 27.

    District Court Judge Richard A. Beacom had called for 400 potential jurors to be summoned to appear on that date. The questioning of individual jurors began April 1.

    Prosecutors have announced they intend to seek death by lethal injection as a punishment for Brown, should he be convicted of capital murder.

    Ray, a Caddo Mills school teacher, was shot and killed in Greenville on the night of July 29, 2011.

    Brown, 33, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bond.

    http://heraldbanner.com/local/x43716...al-murder-case

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    Subpoenas sent in capital murder trial

    By BRAD KELLAR

    A start of testimony has not yet been set, but prosecutors have begun issuing subpoenas for witnesses to appear in the pending trial of a Greenville man, charged with capital murder involving a 2011 shooting death.

    Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. Thursday issued 79 subpoenas for witnesses to testify in the trial of Micah Crofford Brown, charged in connection with the death of Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray. Brown has pleaded not guilty.

    Jury selection in the case began March 27. It was unknown if a jury had been chosen, and a date for the start of testimony had not been scheduled as of Friday.

    Prose-cutors have an-nounced they intend to seek death by lethal injection as a punishment for Brown, should he be convicted of capital murder.

    Ray, a Caddo Mills school teacher, was shot and killed in Greenville on the night of July 29, 2011.

    Brown, 33, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bond.

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    Starting date for capital murder trial set

    By BRAD KELLAR
    Herald-Banner Staff

    GREENVILLE — The start of the capital murder trial of a Greenville man, charged with the 2011 shooting death of his ex-wife, a Caddo Mills school teacher, has been set.

    Opening arguments and the start of testimony in the trial of Micah Crofford Brown are scheduled May 20 in the 354th District Court. Brown has been indicted on one count of capital murder in connection with the death of Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray. Brown has pleaded not guilty.

    Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. has issued 79 subpoenas for witnesses to testify for the prosecution during the trial.

    Jury selection in the case began March 27 and concluded Thursday. A third pool of potential jurors had been called for Monday, May 13, although that panel has been cancelled. The jury pool which had been summoned for the 354th District Court for May 20 has also been cancelled.

    Prosecutors have announced they intend to seek death by lethal injection as a punishment for Brown, should he be convicted of capital murder.

    Ray, a Caddo Mills school teacher, was shot and killed in Greenville on the night of July 29, 2011.

    Brown, 33, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bond.

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    Testimony begins in Brown capital murder trial

    Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray was already a teacher for the Caddo Mills Independent School District two years ago, but had just earned her doctorate degree and was planning on taking a professorship at a college in Marshall.

    Her mother, Donna Ray, recalled that Stella was planning to stop by her Greenville residence on the night of July 20, 2011, the day before she was to move to Marshall. Donna Ray said she fell asleep and was awakened by a phone call from Stella’s ex-husband, Micah Crofford Brown.

    “He said, ‘I shot her in the head and she’s dead,’” Donna Ray said, as one of the first witnesses in Brown’s trial on a charge of capital murder.

    Donna Ray said she was in the emergency room at Hunt Regional Medical Center when she received another call.

    “It was Micah and he said, ‘See, I told you,’” Donna recalled.

    Opening arguments and the start of testimony were conducted Monday during the first day of trial in the 354th District Court.

    Testimony is scheduled to resume today. Judge Richard A. Beacom told jurors the trial is expected to take through next week.

    Brown was indicted on one count of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Stella Ray and has pleaded not guilty.

    However, Brown’s defense counsel, Toby Wilkinson, said there was no doubt as to whether Brown shot and killed Ray.

    “This is not a who done it case,” Wilkinson said during his side of opening arguments. “This young man did it. This is a why did it case. Why did he do it?”

    Wilkinson placed the blame for the killing on Ray, claiming there were two sides to the victim.

    “To some people I’m sure she was wonderful,” Wilkinson said. “To others she was not.”

    Wilkinson said the shooting came as the result of a dispute between Brown and Ray concerning the couple’s two small children, who were inside the PT Cruiser Ray was driving on the night she was killed.

    “She pushed his buttons and unfortunately it turned out bad for her,” Wilkinson said. “She didn’t let him know where the kids are.”

    Prosecutors have announced they intend to seek death by lethal injection as a punishment for Brown, should he be convicted of capital murder.

    http://heraldbanner.com/local/x31999...l-murder-trial

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    Prosecution rests in capital murder trial

    The prosecution rested its case Wednesday afternoon in the capital murder trial of a Greenville man, charged in the 2011 shooting death of his ex-wife, a Caddo Mills school teacher.

    The defense in the trial of Micah Crofford Brown will begin presenting its case when the trial resumes this morning in the 354th District Court.

    Brown has been indicted on one count of capital murder in connection with the death of Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray. Brown has pleaded not guilty.

    However, Brown’s defense counsel, Toby Wilkinson, said during opening arguments Monday there was no doubt Brown shot and killed Ray in Greenville on the night of July 20, 2011.

    Prosecutors have announced they intend to seek death by lethal injection as a punishment for Brown, should he be convicted of capital murder.

    Brown, 33, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bond and has allegedly confessed to the shooting to investigators.

    Ray, 36, from Greenville, was shot and killed as a result of a domestic dispute between her and Brown concerning custody of their two small children. The toddlers were reported to have been riding in Ray’s car at the time Brown allegedly killed their mother.

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    Brown trial to go to jury today

    Micah Crofford Brown took the witness stand Thursday afternoon, prior to the defense resting in his trial on a charge of capital murder.

    As he had several times prior to the trial, Brown admitted he shot and killed his ex-wife, Stella Michelle Doc Ray, in Greenville on the night of July 20, 2011. Brown also again testified that he believed Ray was at fault.

    “Some things she had done pushed me to the limit to where I took her life,” Brown said.

    Closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense are scheduled in the 354th District Court this morning, prior to the jury receiving the case to begin deliberations on Brown’s guilt or innocence on a charge of capital murder.

    Should the jury find Brown guilty of capital murder, it would then be asked to determine whether Brown should receive death by lethal injection or a life sentence without possibility of parole. Prosecutors have announced they intend to seek the death sentence for Brown, should he be convicted of capital murder.

    During his time on the stand, Brown presented his version of the sequence of events which resulted in Brown shooting Ray in the head with a 20-gauge shotgun in the 5600 block of Sayle Street.

    Ray had contacted the police department, claiming she was being followed by Brown and was afraid he would run her off of the road. The officer responding located Ray’s Chrysler PT Cruiser and Brown’s GMC Yukon pickup on Sayle and upon his arrival, the officer allegedly witnessed the shot fired from the passenger side of the Yukon.

    Brown denied he shot Ray because she was calling the police, or that there was a police vehicle closing in on his location at the time.

    Brown testified he had been up for three days prior to the shooting and had been using methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. Brown said he was upset with Ray because she planned on moving to Marshall the next day, after she had obtained a doctorate degree and was taking a position with a college in the city. Brown said he was just wanting to see the couple’s two small children one last time before she left and did not intend to shoot her that night.

    But under cross examination, Brown testified the shotgun he used belonged to Ray’s child from another relationship and that he stole the camera Ray had used to document injuries she suffered at Brown’s hands during a domestic violence incident from the night before.

    When asked, Brown admitted that at no point during multiple calls and texts he made between the time of the shooting and when he was taken into custody, did he ask the individuals he was contacting about the condition of the children. Ray also made threatening phone calls to the individual with whom Ray was involved at the time.

    “Well, she’s dead,” Brown said in a voice mail played for the jury. “And I’ll probably be dead soon. Otherwise, you’re a dead man.”

    http://heraldbanner.com/topnews/x240...-to-jury-today

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    Brown found guilty of capital murder

    A jury in the 354th District Court has found Micah Crofford Brown guilty of the charge of capital murder in the July 20 2011 shooting death of Stella Michelle "Doc" Ray, his ex-wife.

    The panel received the case at approximately 12:15 p.m. and returned with the verdict about three hours later.

    The same panel will now be asked whether to sentence Brown to death by lethan injection or life in prison without parole.

    A sentencing hearing is scheduled in the court Tuesday morning.

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