Sparks has said previously that Crum's hard stance against prescription drug abuse in Mingo County is not connected to his slaying. Police have not released a possible motive.
Crum was Maynard's boxing coach when Maynard was a teenager and took Maynard and other boys to several out-of-state competitions before Maynard dropped the sport during high school.
Tommy Diamond, 64, of Strawberry Plains, Tenn., started the Delbarton Boxing Club with Crum in the 1990s as a way for local politicians to get involved in a youth program and campaign at sporting events.
Diamond said he's "blown away" by the allegation made by Maynard's family. He said people made the same allegation against him.
"Eugene's wife, Rosie, asked me if I had heard anything," Diamond said. "She said, 'You were supposed to have molested Tennis, too.' I said, 'I don't reckon.'"
Diamond said members of Maynard's family apparently told people in the community that Crum and Diamond molested Maynard while he was in the boxing club. That allegation came to light immediately after Crum's shooting, he said.
"That guy [Maynard] is just reaching for straws," Diamond said.
Diamond said he is willing to testify on behalf of himself and Crum that no sexual assault took place. He said he's close with the Crum and Maynard families.
"I don't know why they would say that that this man even attempted to molest Tennis," Diamond said. "[Maynard] is a guy who came to my son's house in North Carolina, and he would talk about me that way?"
Maynard is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and fleeing with reckless indifference. Jury selection begins Dec. 9 in Mingo County.
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