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Thomas Earl Brown Jr convicted with murder of drug dealer’s bride given life in prison

October 6, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Thomas Earl Brown Jr convicted with murder of drug dealer’s bride given life in prison

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A Kansas judge has sentenced Thomas Earl Brown Jr, who was convicted of fatally shooting a rival drug dealer’s bride, while she was still wearing her wedding dress, life in prison.

Prosecutors say the 39-year-old Brown Jr. was sentenced for the premeditated first-degree slaying of Tiffany Davenport-Ray and the attempted murder of her husband, Melvin Ray.

The 42-year-old victim was in the passenger seat as her husband drove them from their wedding reception in Topeka back in 2014 when shots were fired.

An SUV had overhauled the couple’s vehicle when Davenport-Ray was hit in the head by a bullet. Ray, who was not injured, then grabbed her firearm from the glove compartment and started shooting back.

Awnterio Dwan Lowery, who was driving the car, has also been sentenced to life behind bars. He was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder last year, the Daily Mail reported.

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Thomas Earl Brown Jr, 39, was sentenced to life in prison for the wedding day murder of Tiffany Davenport-Ray, 42.

Jermel Ramond Robbins Sr., 26, was also in the SUV with 32-year-old Lowery and Brown. He was shot and killed only three weeks after the nuptials.

It was reported during Lowery and Brown’s trials that his death was associated with Davenport-Ray’s killing.

During Thomas Earl Brown Jr’s sentencing hearing, District Judge David Debenham said it was “inconceivable” that the mother-of-two was killed during her wedding.

“A person is entitled to be married for more than nine hours,” the judge announced to the courtroom. Ray contended that he had no clue as to why someone would try to murder him and his wife on their wedding day.

Davenport-Ray (pictured right with her daughter) was still wearing her wedding dress and was sitting alongside her husband Marvin Ray (pictured together left) when she was kille

Davenport-Ray (pictured right with her daughter) was still wearing her wedding dress and was sitting alongside her husband Marvin Ray (pictured together left) when she was killed

The duo was going to drop their friend off at home before spending their first night as a married couple.

Ray informed investigators that he noticed a white SUV trailing them as Davenport-Ray leaned back her car seat and told him she was exhausted.

“I leaned over to tell her we got things to do, we’ve got to consummate this marriage,” he said.

Then shots ripped through the driver’s window, and Ray took his wife’s gun and opened shots at the SUV.

When the man saw that his wife was unconscious, he quickly drove the car to a nearby hospital and took his wife out of the vehicle.

Accused getaway driver Awnterio Dwan Lowery, has also been sentenced to life in prison

Accused getaway driver Awnterio Dwan Lowery, has also been sentenced to life in prison

Defense attorney Gary Conwell argued that Ray fired first at the SUV after a dispute at the reception.

Ray said there were no issues at all during his wedding and that the claims were false.

The victim left behind a new husband, a 22-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.

“Mom you mean the entire world to me, and I just wish I had that moment to tell you once more,” Destiny DeYanna, the victim’s daughter, wrote after the murder.

“You fought hard like you normally did. I will forever look at all the pictures from yesterday to see your happiness shouting loud and clear,” she added.

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