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More evidence in W.Va. sheriff slaying disclosed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A sexual assault investigation that occurred more than a decade ago could be evidence in the slaying of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

The Sunday Gazette-Mail reports West Virginia State Police investigated allegations that Crum sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in 2001 when he was Delbarton's police chief.

The newspaper says state police concluded that the sex was consensual. No charges were filed.

A 2002 report on the investigation is included on a list of potential evidence filed by Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks in July. Sparks told the newspaper that he couldn't discuss potential evidence.

Tennis Maynard is charged with fatally shooting Crum on April 3. Maynard's attorney, Richard Weston, tells the newspaper that the sexual assault allegations support the general nature of the defense. He wouldn't elaborate.


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