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Disclosure of evidence in Sheriff’s death case

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Rachel Baldwin


Staff Writer


WILLIAMSON - Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks has disclosed a list of evidence in the case against Tennis Maynard last week and has sent copies of the information to the attorneys defending Tennis Maynard, the individual responsible for the fatal shooting of the former sheriff of Mingo County, Eugene Crum.


According to information released by Sparks, the evidence includes orders of involuntary hospitalizations from Williamson Memorial Hospital, Logan-Mingo Mental Health Clinic and Highland Hospital in Charleston, along with medical records from Dr. Sujata R. Gutti, a neurologist from Pikeville, Ky., and a patient profile from the State Board of Pharmacy. Maynard’s father has said during interviews with the media that his son has mental health issues and was exposed to harmful chemicals and injured while working at an Alabama coal mine.


The Ragland resident is charged in state court with murder, attempted first-degree murder and fleeing. He also faces federal firearms charges for acquiring guns after being hospitalized for mental conditions, which makes him ineligible to possess or purchase a firearm. Maynard reportedly failed to disclose this fact on his applications.


Maynard is accused of fatally shooting Crum on April 3 in a downtown Williamson parking lot, as the sheriff ate lunch in his police cruiser. Investigators say that after a brief vehicle chase, Maynard pulled a gun on a pursuing deputy who then shot and wounded the suspect. The deputy was unharmed during the incident.


The prosecution evidence includes a recorded interview with the deputy, Norman Mines, and with Gary Estep of Ragland, who witnessed the shooting and was the first person to call 911, as well as several other individuals. There also are police interviews with Maynard and his mother. Other evidence disclosed by Sparks includes Maynard’s cellphone records and internet history, receipts and security footage from several stores and businesses in downtown Williamson on the day the shooting took place.


Sparks stated that that he is sending two boxes of files for discovery to Maynard’s lawyer, Richard Weston. Weston said he hasn’t yet received the material but expects it any day.


Crum, 59, had served as an officer with the Matewan Police Department and as the Chief of Police in Delbarton before running for office as a Mingo County Magistrate. He served in this capacity for more than a decade when he stepped down to run a successful campaign in 2012 for the sheriff’s seat, a lifelong dream that he wanted to fulfill. Even before he took that office in January of this year, Crum had begun targeting drug problems in the county that mostly involve abused prescription pain pills as a Drug Task Force Commander through the Prosecutors office. Crum, along with David Rockel, who was serving as the Chief of Police in Williamson at that time and as an assistant to Crum, were responsible for investigations that resulted in over 50 drug indictments and arrests.


Rosie Crum, the widow of the fallen sheriff, was appointed to serve in his position. Rockel recently retired from the Williamson Police Department and was recently named as the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Chief Field Deputy.


Further information on the Maynard case will be released to the public as it become available.

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