CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Prosecutors may present mental health records from three West Virginia hospitals in a case against a man accused of fatally shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum in April.
Mingo County prosecutor C. Michael Sparks disclosed a list of evidence last week in a first-degree murder trial against Tennis Melvin Maynard, tentatively set for Oct. 21.
Police believe Maynard, 33, of Delbarton, shot Crum from close range with .40-caliber Glock pistol as Crum sat in his car eating lunch in Williamson on April 3. Police have not speculated on an alleged motive. Crum was Maynard's boxing coach when Maynard was 15.
The state collected orders of involuntary hospitalizations from Williamson Memorial Hospital, Logan-Mingo Mental Health Clinic and Highland Hospital in Charleston, the evidence shows. It also collected medical records from Dr. Sujata R. Gutti, a neurologist from Pikeville, Ky., and a patient profile from the State Board of Pharmacy.
Maynard's father told The Associated Press in April that his son suffered from an unknown mental illness attributed to exposure to harmful chemicals and injuries while at an Alabama mine in 2007 and had been institutionalized.
Federal authorities have said Maynard lied on three gun background check forms about being committed to a mental institution. Maynard was able to buy three guns in 2010 -- including a .40-caliber Glock pistol -- but was denied a gun purchase twice in 2011, after the state began reporting mental health records to the federal government.
After a search of Maynard's home in April, police recovered an undisclosed number of guns inside the home belonging to Maynard and his father. They also seized instruction manuals for a Marlin Model bolt-action rifle and for a Bushnell Sharpshooter riflescope, the evidence shows.