Greenville Suspect On Ex-Wife’s Murder: “I Wanted Her Dead”

RAW: Micah Brown talks with CBS 11’s Andrea Lucia

GREENVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – A Greenville man accused of murdering his ex-wife has a simple answer as to why he did it.  “I wanted her dead.”

Micah Brown talked with CBS 11 Friday afternoon and said he was worried Stella Ray was going to take his kids away.  “I was afraid I was only going to see them 2-3 times a week.”

A popular English teacher at Caddo Mills High School, Ray had just completed her PhD in Literature at Texas A&M University at Commerce, and had told Brown when she found another job she would be taking the children away.

Brown meanwhile, had a history of minor arrests and drug use, which he says ultimately led to their divorce last year.  “She was ready to move on to a different life wife a higher class of people.”

Brown says he continued to see his children every day, until Tuesday when Ray filed a police report for assault after the two were involved in a fight.  “It was hard not to hit her, sitting there, watching her unbuckle them out of their car seat.”  He says he didn’t actually hit her, but only poked her.

He says on Wednesday night he was drinking, and was driving around trying to talk to Ray to find out where their kids were when he realized she had called police.  “I saw the police lights in my rear view mirror, I just pulled the gun out and shot her,” he said without emotion.

He fled from the scene, and was arrested by Greenville police in front of Cactus Saddlery.  According to employees at the shop, he wanted police to shoot him.  Brown says he didn’t remember saying that, but admits he was suicidal.

His only regret, he says, was shooting Ray while their two children, a 2-year-old girl and a 3-year-old son, sat in the back seat.  He says he feels horrible about shooting their mom in front of them, but does not regret killing her.

Brown now expects to spend the rest of his life in jail, separated from the two children he says he was willing to kill for.  “I doubt I’ll ever get to see them again.”

A vigil was held Friday night for Ray in front of Caddo Mills High School.  Students and faculty all gathered to say goodbye to a woman they affectionately called ‘Doc.’ Members of Ray’s family also attended the service.

When CBS 11 contacted Ray’s family to comment on Brown’s confession Friday afternoon.  Someone at the home said Brown can “burn in hell.”


One Comment

  1. DAWNSSISTER says:

    “I used to lover her, but I had to kill her.” I thought these were only lyrics to a song. This guy epitomizes that personality. What a piece of work He doesn’t care about his children or anybody but himself. He can say it was about the kids but it was all about his jealousy and resentment that she was ready to move on without him. Why? Because he never even tried to be a husband and a father. A total loser. Too bad others ie his so-called beloved children will pay the price.

  2. Gina says:

    Unbelieveable, he deserves to FRY!

  3. fred says:

    PEOPLE – heed this advice. if you got a crazy person in your life..DON’T tell them what you are going to do when…

    JUST DO IT, and let him figure it out after the fact.

    1. GD says:

      So very true!!! If they have a history of violence and you know they are crazy, they don’t deserve any explanation. Just go!!

  4. Don Benningfield says:

    Life is about decisions. He made all the wrong ones and lost everything. People who make good decisions gain everything. It’s all about decisions.

  5. NiteNurse says:

    For Micah Brown the issue isn’t about the not having the kids or not having his wife anymore the issue is loss of control of someone who was providing him with everything in life. Stella Ray Brown just decided she wasn’t going to be his little “golden goose” and give him everything without anything in return. This is what happens when you marry a lazy butt good for nothing guy. Now we get to take care of him for the next 30 years!

  6. Kevin says:

    At least he’s owning up to it and not trying to deny everything.

    1. NiteNurse says:

      How could he when a cop saw him pull the trigger.

  7. FedUpTxn says:

    I wonder if she warned the family court that he was a threat to his family. So many women do, and the courts don’t listen, because in Texas justice is spelled “JUST US” and domestic violence is an every day event. Fathers can turn to “Fathers for (un)Equal Rights” for reduced legal fees. Women who earn less, have NO WHERE to turn.

  8. Jerry Stovall says:

    Dude jsut looks like a total quack doesnt he? Scary.

  9. Drugs Kill says:

    He was arrested a week before for possession of a sawed-off shot gun, and a family member bailed him out. He was also upset he now had a felony and couldn’t legally hunt with his kids. Also, hadn’t slept in 5 days because of meth. Doc had called the police because he had threatened to kill himself, so the cops searched his house and found the gun, last Saturday. Now, a week later she is gone. So, the sad truth is that all the signs were there, and something could have been done. Why wasn’t this mentioned in the interview???????.

  10. diversity says:

    Let this be a wake up call for any one (male or female) involved in a violent relatioship. This is how it ends. The perpertrator does not care if the children are there.

  11. He will likely be led to the gas chamber with no compunction.

    No. Compunction.

    1. NiteNurse says:

      There’s no gas chamber in Texas only the needle. I bet his lawyer will plea bargain and he’ll get life and be out in 15 years. Totally sucks because now we get to support his sorry a$$!

  12. teacherlady says:

    What a tragedy. I can still see traces of the precious little boy that was in my classroom and on an team that I coached. May God have mercy on your soul, Micah and may you find freedom from whatever led you to this. My heart is breaking for all involved, both families and those precious children.

  13. Pamela says:

    “Brown now expects to spend the rest of his life in jail, separated from the two children he says he was willing to kill for. “I doubt I’ll ever get to see them again.””

    I’m sorry, but why exactly does this sound sympathetic? The man just murdered his ex-wife in cold blood in front of their children. I expect better from CBS. Try a little neutrality instead of tossing in lines about how the poor, poor guy who was willing to kill his ex-wife will never see those kids again.

  14. chris says:

    Micah was my classmate at Greenville, He was a good kid back in the day I guess sometimes emotions get the best of us. Sad story!!!!

    1. Different Perspective says:

      He was my neighbor. Breaks my heart to see this happen to these two children. I didn’t know him well, only spoke to him a few times, but still makes me hurt. I’ve had a suicidal ex before. He gave up the rights to his child. Emotions can seriously tear someone up, and alcohol and other substances just intensify those emotions. I can’t say that what he did was justified or right, but maybe if someone somewhere could’ve had the decency to get him help when they saw he needed it, maybe no one would’ve ended up in this situation. I would’ve loved for my ex to want his kid. Too many women use kids to hurt their ex and that literally makes too many of them go insane. We need to learn from this, not place judgement on him for what he did. He’ll pay the consequences but we can’t change what has already been done. We can only hope to make a better future.

  15. think about it says:

    Everyone is talking about what a horrible person Micah was and how perfect Stella was. I am not trying to justify what he did, but I think there is more to this story than we are getting. If he was such a low life, and she was the perfect teacher than why would she date him, move herself and her older son in with him, marry him, and have two more kids with him? Are we sure she was perfect? Was there an autopsy with tox report done on her? Don’t get me wrong, what Micah did was horrible, but there is more to this story. And, why did she have those babies out so late driving by his house? You can only push a person so far until they break. Also, when you do an interview I think it is unfair that you pick and choose what you use in the story. Either use it all, or don’t use any of it! I will never understand why some women use their children as pawns to get back at people. My heart breaks for the babies and the family left behind.

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