UPDATE: Tennis Maynard sentenced to life in mental hospital

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - UPDATE: 1-15-15

A judge found Tennis Maynard incompetent to stand trial and sentenced him to life without mercy in state mental hospital.

Police say in April 2013, Maynard fatally shot Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum while he ate lunch in downtown Williamson.

Maynard's brother later told us he was never the same after being blown up in an Alabama coal mine.

A West Virginia man accused in the fatal shooting of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Media outlets report Circuit Judge Paul Farrell ordered the evaluation for Tennis Melvin Maynard at a pretrial hearing Wednesday in Huntington.

Crum was killed April 3 while parked in his cruiser in downtown Williamson.

Maynard's father has previously said his son has mental health issues, and evidence collected by former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks included orders of involuntary hospitalizations.

The hearing marked the first for Kanawha County prosecutors, who were assigned to the case after Sparks recused himself in September. Sparks later resigned after he was charged in a separate case that grew out of an ongoing federal corruption probe.

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