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Maynard indicted in slaying of Mingo sheriff

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The man accused of killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was indicted Monday, 19 days after the incident.

Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, of Delbarton, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and fleeing with reckless indifference, according to the Mingo County circuit clerk's office.

A Mingo County grand jury returned the indictment Monday. An indictment is not a finding of fact; it just means that grand jurors have found enough evidence to warrant a criminal trial.

Police say Maynard drove into Williamson early in the morning April 3 and parked his Ford Ranger pickup along Third Avenue, where Crum ate lunch in his car nearly every day.

After Crum parked, police believe, Maynard walked behind his cruiser and fired two shots from a .40 caliber Glock handgun into Crum's open window. Maynard was later shot and wounded by a Mingo County sheriff's deputy after a chase that ended in Delbarton.

Maynard was still recovering at Cabell Huntington Hospital on Monday and has not been arraigned. The case was moved from Mingo County to Cabell County, where Circuit Judge Paul Farrell appointed Huntington public defender Richard Weston to represent Maynard.


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