Jury Deliberates In Former Doctor's Assault Trial

HOUSTON - Jurors hearing the assault trial of a former Houston doctor concluded their first day of deliberations Monday.

Dr. Michael Brown, founder of the Hand Center, was charged with assault. Brown is accused of throwing objects at and physically abusing his fourth wife, Rachel.

The prosecution and defense rested on Monday morning and final arguments were heard after lunch.

Jurors began deliberating at 2 p.m. They went home about 5:30 p.m. and were set to return at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

In final arguments, Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin suggested that Rachel Brown had ulterior motives for the charge,

"Doesn't bringing these charges give her an advantage in the divorce case?" He asked. "Of course it does."

DeGuerin claimed that Rachel Brown filed for divorce the same month she began having a relationship with ex-Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell.

Rachel Brown denied that her relationship with Bagwell started before the alleged assault.

During questioning from the prosecution last week, Rachel Brown read from an affidavit that described the alleged incident.

"He grabbed my arm and twisted it," she read. "He tried to break it as he bent it back. The nanny tried to pull him off me. The respondent took a picture frame off of a wall and threw it at me."

If Michael Brown is found guilty, he could face 2 to 10 years in prison.

Michael Brown was convicted of assaulting a previous wife in 2002. Officials said Michael Brown beat that wife with a bed post while she was pregnant.

Michael Brown lost his license to practice medicine in 2006 when he tested positive for cocaine.

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