Belcher said Crum often would show up to practice in his Delbarton police chief's uniform.
"He was actually the first person to work with me on the focus mitts and he taught me this real good combination," Belcher said. "I got it down pat, and the first thing I did when I went home was showed my mom what he taught me."
Melvin Blair joined the boxing club in 1988 and was 13 years old in 1991. He was near Maynard's weight class, but doesn't recall ever sparring with him or rooming with him on tournament trips.
"I do remember he was real into religion and real into the Bible," Blair, now 35, said of Maynard. "When I worked at Advance Auto, he would always come by and talk to me about God. I seen him on and off my whole life."
Diamond said he's close to Maynard's father and had kept in contact with the family until the last couple of years. He said he hasn't spoken to any Maynard family members since the shooting.
"I'm sure, when that old boy pecked on [Crum's] window, Eugene didn't think a thing about rolling down that window," Diamond said. "There ain't a doubt in my mind that [Crum] didn't recognize him."
'We won't know it until he tells us'
Leslie Maynard was born 18 months after his older brother, Tennis. They were close, but Leslie said that changed when Tennis moved to Alabama in 2004, looking for work.
Tennis got married, but it was later annulled, Leslie said. In June 2007, Tennis suffered a life-changing accident at Drummond Co.'s Shoal Creek Mine, near Nauvoo, Ala.
"When he got blowed up in Alabama and then he got into them chemicals, he was just a different person," Leslie Maynard said, standing on his front lawn in Delbarton last week. "He would stop and talk . . . and then go three or four days and not even acknowledge you. He went like that for three years probably."
Leslie Maynard said his brother came back to Mingo County after the accident but struggled to recover. He sued more than two dozen people and mining companies in 2009, citing "extreme, severe, prolonged emotional and mental pain and suffering, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the incident."
Maynard's lawsuit was put on hold to allow time for mediation of a possible settlement, the Associated Press reported. An August hearing is scheduled.
"The blast messed up his hearing, too, and he went three or four months and never slept," Leslie Maynard said. He said his brother sought psychiatric help and was prescribed drugs to help him sleep.
Tennis Maynard never talked about Eugene Crum, Leslie Maynard said. Since the shooting, he hasn't been able to speak to his brother to ask him why he allegedly did it.
He said he's sorry for the sheriff's death, but doesn't want his family persecuted for his brother's alleged actions.
"My family, they're taking it rough. How would your family be?" he said. "I can't speak for my brother, not unless he speaks to me."
Maynard was still recovering at Cabell Huntington Hospital on Saturday and has not been arraigned. He's been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. The case was moved from Mingo County to Cabell County, where Circuit Court Judge Paul Farrell appointed Huntington public defender Richard Weston to represent Maynard. Weston has not returned several phone calls from the Sunday Gazette-Mail.
Leslie Maynard said he doesn't believe his brother shot Crum at random. He believes Tennis Maynard left the house that morning intending to kill the sheriff.
"He wouldn't do it just for no reason," Leslie Maynard said. "No, he had a reason. We won't know it until he tells us."
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.