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Alleged shooter of Mingo sheriff to be arraigned Wednesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The man accused of fatally shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum will be released from the hospital and is expected to be arraigned on a first-degree murder charge Wednesday.

Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, of Delbarton, is scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cabell Circuit Court, according to a spokeswoman for Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks.

Maynard was indicted by a Mingo County grand jury April 22 on charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and fleeing with reckless indifference.

Police believe Maynard shot Crum from close range with a .40-caliber Glock pistol as Crum sat in his car eating lunch in Williamson on April 3. Crum had been in office only three months, but had already begun a crackdown on drugs in Mingo County.

The relationship between Crum and Maynard is unclear, other than Maynard belonged to a Mingo County boxing club as a teenager and was coached by Crum. Authorities have said they don't think the shooting was related to Crum's anti-drug campaign.

Maynard's brother, Leslie Maynard, told a Gazette reporter last month that Tennis Maynard never talked about Crum, but that his brother wouldn't have shot the sheriff at random.

Tennis Maynard has been in Cabell Huntington Hospital recovering from gunshot wounds he received during his attempted escape after shooting Crum. Maynard allegedly crashed his vehicle into a bridge in Delbarton, then got out and pointed a gun at a Mingo County sheriff's deputy, who shot him, State Police have said.

Cabell Circuit Judge Paul Farrell is handling the case and will preside over Maynard's arraignment. Farrell has appointed Huntington public defender Richard Weston to represent Maynard. Weston has not returned repeated phone calls from the Gazette.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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