Sheriff shooting suspect to have mental evaluation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - 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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