Micah Brown was sentenced to death by the State of Texas for the murder of his ex wife. According to court documents Micah Brown would shoot and kill his ex wife, Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray, in front of their children. Micah Brown was sentenced to death.
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Micah Crofford Brown has lost the most recent appeal of his death penalty capital murder case.
The Office of Capital Writs & Forensic Warrants argued during an evidentiary hearing last month before 196th District Court Judge Andrew Bench that Brown suffers from an autism spectrum disorder that, had it been presented during his 2013 trial, may have mitigated a jury from issuing a death sentence.
But Bench disagreed in his ruling in the case issued Monday.
“The court recommends that Brown’s Applicant for Writ of Habeas Corpus be denied,” Bench said.
“We are deeply disappointed that the Court rubberstamped the prosecution’s proposed findings recommending that Micah should not get a new trial or sentencing hearing,” said Ashley Steele, Post-Conviction Attorney with the Office of Capital & Forensic Writs. “Micah’s lead trial lawyer has a lengthy history of misconduct in death penalty cases. In this case, it is particularly troubling because Micah has autism, which his trial lawyers did not investigate or present to the jury to help explain Micah’s life history or what led to the crime.”
Testimony during the trial indicated his estranged wife, Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray was shot and killed in Greenville on the night of July 20, 2011 as the result of a dispute with Brown concerning the couple’s two children.
After the conviction and death sentence were upheld by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, a post conviction writ was filed in 2015 by the Office of Capital Writs & Forensic Warrants, a Texas state public defender office that represents individuals in state post-conviction litigation.
The 124-page document listed multiple alleged issues with Brown’s conviction and sentence, including ineffective assistance by the trial and appeals defense attorneys, improper arguments by prosecutors during the punishment phase, and failure to present evidence during the punishment phase that Brown suffers from autism spectrum disorder.
The condition is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior, which may have mitigated the jury’s decision to issue the death penalty.
During the October hearing, the office’s Natalie Corvington said the trial defense team failed to listen to a mitigation specialist who suggested Brown may have the disorder, which could be responsible for how he appeared to have acted as remorseless and unemotional during the commission of the murder, during interviews and interrogations and while testifying in his defense during trial.
Tina Miranda with the Texas Attorney General’s Office responded by noting how defense attorneys used information provided by mitigation specialists that Brown suffers from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She said the disorder would have accounted for many of the same symptoms.
“I don’t know what else counsel could have done,” Miranda said, adding some 80 of Brown’s family members and friends were interviewed by the defense about the case, none of whom spoke of the potential for Brown having autism.
Brown does not yet have an execution date scheduled