CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks said Friday he's found no evidence supporting allegations that slain Sheriff Eugene Crum sexually assaulted his alleged killer, Tennis Maynard.
The co-founder of the boxing club where Crum coached Maynard more than 20 years ago also disputed those allegations.
Maynard's family said after a Cabell County Circuit Court hearing this week that Crum had sexually assaulted Maynard in his youth. Maynard's brother, Leslie, said his family reported the allegation but that nothing came of it.
Tennis Maynard, 37, is charged with shooting Crum on April 3, as the sheriff sat in his police cruiser in downtown Williamson.
Sparks said he became aware of the sexual assault allegation immediately after the shooting.
"From the very beginning, in our first investigative meeting, I determined that there should be an independent investigation into the allegations leveled by Maynard's family," the prosecutor said.
The West Virginia State Police looked into the allegation and found nothing to corroborate it, Sparks said.
He said he would present evidence during Maynard's trial in December to show the alleged sexual assault never happened. He said he would not elaborate on that evidence.
Additionally, Sparks said he would seek to exclude a State Police report from 2002 over allegations first reported by the Gazette-Mail that Crum sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman. Crum was never charged in the incident; the State Police report concluded that the sex between Crum, then Delbarton's police chief, and the woman was consensual.
"We have went back and reinvestigated those allegations, too," Sparks said. "We have also investigated whether or not there are any other potential allegations involving alleged criminal sexual violations."
The State Police has found no evidence of any similar allegations, he said.