CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The man accused of fatally shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum is expected to plead not guilty to first-degree murder during an arraignment hearing today.
Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, of Delbarton, is scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m., before Cabell Circuit Court Judge Paul Farrell.
Maynard was indicted by a Mingo County grand jury April 22 on charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and fleeing with reckless indifference.
Although Maynard's arraignment hearing is in Cabell County, the trial would go forward in Mingo County, said Mingo Prosecutor Michael Sparks.
Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury recused himself from Maynard's arraignment, citing a close relationship with Crum.
The trial would come before Thornsbury unless Maynard's attorney, Richard Weston, requests that it be moved out of the county, Sparks said Tuesday.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he asks for a change in venue," Sparks said.
Weston, a Cabell County public defender, has not returned repeated phone calls from the Gazette.