Richard Weston, Maynard's attorney, said Sparks called him Tuesday night and told him that he was asking to be taken off the Maynard case.
Sparks had worked with Crum in a prescription-pill crackdown known as "Operation Zero Tolerance." Sparks later said that Crum's slaying is not connected to drugs but did not speculate on a possible motive.
Maynard's father and brother said after a hearing last month that Crum sexually assaulted Maynard as a teenager. Sparks said he appointed investigators to look into those allegations and that they found no evidence to support that allegation.
As part of the disclosure for Maynard's trial, Sparks previously disclosed a West Virginia State Police investigation into allegations that Crum sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in 2002. According to the investigation report obtained by the Gazette, Crum -- who was Delbarton police chief at the time -- said the sex was consensual, and a State Police trooper came to the same conclusion.
Hours after the encounter, the woman went to a hospital and complained of injuries related to a sexual assault. Police noted that her blood alcohol content was approximately four times the legal limit at that time in West Virginia.
Crum was not charged in connection with that investigation.
Staff writer Travis Crum contributed to this report.
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