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May 20, 2013

Opening arguments in Micah Brown capital murder trial

GREENVILLE — Opening arguments and the start of testimony were conducted today in the 354th District Court in the trial of Micah Crofford Brown.

Brown has been indicted on one count of capital murder in connection with the July 20, 2011 shhooting death of Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray. Brown 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.

"She pushed his buttons and unfortunately it turned out bad for her," Wilkinson said.

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

A full story is being prepared for Tuesday's Herald-Banner.

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