Hunt County
7:39 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Jury selection begins in Brown case

The jury selection process began Wednesday in the trial of Micah Crofford Brown.

Brown has been charged with capital murder in connection with the 2011 shooting death of his ex-wife, Caddo Mills school teacher Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray.

Approximately 400 potential jurors were summoned to appear in the 354th District Court for a general voir dire hearing. The prospective jurors were provided with a questionnaire to complete, and several of the individuals were still in the courtroom late Wednesday afternoon.

Interviews with individual jurors are scheduled to begin on April 1 and could take several weeks.

A date has not yet been set for the opening arguments and the start of testimony in the case.

Prosecutors have announced they intend to seek death by lethal injection as a punishment for Brown, should he be convicted of capital murder. Brown has pleaded not guilty.

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.