W.Va. prosecutor talks about sheriff's murder

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - The prosecuting attorney in Mingo County says there's no substantial evidence at this time that Sheriff Eugene Crum's murder was drug-related.

C. Michael Sparks issued a statement Saturday on the speculation between Crum's drug enforcement efforts and his murder earlier this week.

In the statement, Sparks asked the public to refrain from "engaging in unfounded speculation and conjecture" regarding the motive for the murder.

WSAZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/ZeQjKi) that Sparks says investigations by the Williamson Police Department and West Virginia State Police are ongoing and comprehensive.

Crum made it his mission to clean up the county's pervasive drug problem.

The 59-year-old sheriff was shot to death in a downtown Williamson parking lot where he ate his lunch each day. His funeral is Sunday.

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