The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

February 27, 2013

Jury pool ordered for Micah Brown capital murder trial

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — 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.”