CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks wants a special prosecutor to take over the trial of Tennis Maynard, who is accused of gunning down the county's sheriff.
Sparks said Wednesday that there was "an emerging conflict of interest" in the case that prompted his recusal.
"It would be inappropriate for me to discuss the actual facts and circumstances," Sparks said.
Police believe Maynard, 33, of Delbarton, shot Sheriff Eugene Crum on April 3, as the sheriff sat in his police cruiser in downtown Williamson.
Maynard fled to Delbarton after the shooting, where police say he pointed a gun at Mingo Sheriff's Deputy Norman Mines. Mines opened fire, hitting Maynard several times.
Maynard is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and fleeing with reckless indifference. His trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9.
Sparks released a statement Wednesday saying he recently "became privy to information that would materially limit [his] responsibilities in the Maynard case if [he] complies with [his] duty to make timely disclosure to the defense and tribunal of all unprivileged mitigating information in other cases."
Philip Morrison, executive director of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, said Wednesday afternoon that he had not yet received a request from Sparks to appoint a special prosecutor.
An employee in the Mingo County Circuit Clerk's Office said a motion asking for the recusal, which a judge must sign, is "in the works."