- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A judge has indefinitely postponed the trial of a man charged in last year’s fatal shooting of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell announced the delay Tuesday during a status conference in Huntington.

Tennis Melvin Maynard had been scheduled to go on trial March 4. He’s charged with murder.

Defense attorney Rich Weston told The Herald-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1aREVjM) the delay involved Maynard’s medical records.

Farrell didn’t set a new trial date at the hearing.

Farrell, who is presiding over the case on special assignment, ordered Maynard in November to undergo a mental health evaluation. 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 Kanawha County prosecutor’s office was 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.

Crum was shot twice in the head last April in a downtown Williamson parking lot as he ate lunch in his parked vehicle.

Maynard, of Delbarton, also is charged with attempted murder linked to the pointing of a loaded firearm at a Mingo County sheriff’s corporal and with fleeing. He also faces federal firearms charges.

Family members told reporters at an August court appearance that Crum sexually assaulted Maynard several years ago. Mingo County authorities challenged the claims.

Maynard and Crum had known each other for years, with Crum previously serving as a boxing club mentor to Maynard when he was a teenager and when Crum was police chief in the town of Delbarton.

Farrell has said a jury in Maynard’s trial will be difficult to seat in Williamson due to the case’s widespread publicity. He said the case also could be tried in Huntington.

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, https://www.herald-dispatch.com


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