Pate murder leaves many questions


He called her in as “missing” on Thursday night.  According to Thomas Pate, his wife, Micah, had only been gone a little over an hour. But he was worried. She was always in bed by 10 p.m. Later, on Friday night, he would take police to her body left in the Loosahatchie bottoms. There she was; in her socks. Obviously, she was not abducted while out running, as first considered.

Pate has been charged for killing his wife. He has been charged with second degree murder and bond was set at $250,000. Bond he made. He is out of jail and waiting on his next court appearance. Pate pled not guilty to the charge.

Meanwhile, friends of Micah are left wondering what happened. Posters with her picture were placed all over Bartlett Friday, only to be taken down Saturday. Pate, first told police that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance, then said in an affidavit that he had shot her in the back of the head. He gave no motive.Micah was a nurse who had just recently turned 26. A memorial was held for Micah Pate Tuesday at Harding Academy.

Leslie Ballin represented Pate at his hearing Monday when his client pleaded not guilty and waived his preliminary hearing. Pate will be staying in Georgia with his father while awaiting upcoming court dates.