HUNTINGTON — A trial date for murder suspect Tennis Melvin Maynard was set Tuesday at a hearing in Huntington. Maynard is the man charged with killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum earlier this year.
Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell set aside two weeks for the trial of Maynard. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, December 9 in Mingo County.
Maynard is accused of shooting Crum on April 3, as the sheriff ate lunch in his parked vehicle in downtown Williamson. He also is charged with attempted murder linked to the pointing of a loaded firearm at Mingo County Sheriff’s Corporal Norman Mines and fleeing with reckless indifference.
Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks told the Williamson Daily News that the defense council has four weeks to file any motions it may have. Then the prosecution will have two weeks to also file motions.
A deputy shot Maynard following a short chase and he remained hospitalized until mid-May, when he was detained at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.
Maynard has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Extra security was provided during Tuesday’s court appearance, in which Maynard sat covered in a bulletproof vest. As he was taken away, two men yelled encouragements to him.
Crum’s widow, Rosie, sat on the front row in the courtroom. She was appointed as the interim sheriff by the Mingo County Commission after her husband’s murder in a parking lot adjacent to the Harvey Street underpass in the county seat.
A motions hearing will be held October 15.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)