Suspect in W.Va. Sheriff's Slaying Up and Moving

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- State Police say the suspect in the slaying of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum is up and moving around at a Huntington hospital.

Sgt. Michael Baylous said Monday that 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard is improving daily and expected to survive the gunshot wound inflicted by a deputy who chased him after the shooting.

Crum was buried Sunday after a service in Williamson. The 59-year-old sheriff was shot to death Wednesday, three months after taking office and cracking down on the drug trade.

Authorities aren't saying much about Maynard's possible motive. The suspect's father said last week his son is mentally disturbed.

Maynard is charged with first-degree murder and with attempted murder for allegedly aiming a weapon at the deputy.

Baylous couldn't immediately say whether Maynard has hired an attorney.

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