Suspect in W.Va. sheriff's slaying pleads not guilty

UPDATE 5/15/13 @ 1:50 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WYMT) -- Tennis Maynard has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Maynard, 37, was released from Cabell Huntington Hospital shortly before 1 p.m Wednesday. He was then brought directly to the Cabell County Courthouse for his arraignment on first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and fleeing charges.

Sheriff Crum was shot to death April 3 while sitting in his cruiser about one block away from the courthouse.

Following the shooting, deputies and troopers chased Maynard through town, finally catching up with him on a bridge. Maynard was shot after investigators say he pointed his gun at a Mingo County deputy.

Maynard arrived in court still wearing his hospital gown. As he entered the courthouse, he told WYMT he had “no comment.”

Both Sheriff Crum’s family and Maynard’s family were present for the hearing.

During the arraignment, Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Paul T. Farrell, who will be presiding over the case, denied bond for Maynard.

One thing everybody in the courtroom could agree on is that six weeks after the sheriff's murder, emotions are still very high.

"Any first-degree murder case, emotions are going to be involved on both sides of the equation," Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks said.

"It's obviously sad someone's dead. That's obvious," Rich Weston, Maynard's attorney, said. "I don't know exactly what happened yet. It's too early to get into that, but it's definitely sad that somebody lost their life."

Maynard's trial on the charges was tentatively set for Oct. 21 in Mingo County.

Maynard's next court appearance is set for June 17 in Cabell County.

Following the hearing, Maynard was booked in the Western Regional Jail.
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WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - A Mingo County grand jury has indicted the man accused of killing Sheriff Eugene Crum.

An official in the circuit clerk's office said that a grand jury on Monday charged 37-year-old Tennis Maynard with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and fleeing authorities.

State Police charged Maynard with attempted murder for allegedly pulling a gun on a deputy during a chase that followed the April 3 slaying. The deputy told investigators he shot Maynard in self-defense.

Investigators have not discussed a possible motive.

Maynard remains hospitalized in Huntington. No arraignment date has been set.

Authorities have said Maynard bought several guns after he'd been determined legally ineligible to own them.

It's unclear why he couldn't own guns, but Maynard's father has said his son had mental problems and had been institutionalized.

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