The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 23, 2013

Prosecution rests in capital murder trial

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — 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.