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March 24, 2013

Jury selection starting in capital murder case

GREENVILLE — Jury selection is scheduled to begin this week in the trial of a Greenville man, charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of his ex-wife.

A state district judge has ordered the assembly of a jury pool Wednesday in the case of Micah Crofford Brown and  354th District Court Judge Richard A. Beacom has called for 400 potential jurors to be summoned to appear.

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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