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No trial for man accused in Mingo sheriff shooting

Charleston Daily Mail photo by Craig Cunningham Tennis Maynard, the man accused of fatally shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, is brought in to Judge Paul Farrell’s courtroom in the Cabell County courthouse where he was declared incompetent to stand trial. At left is his attorney Rich Weston. Maynard was sent to William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston.
Charleston Daily Mail photo by Craig Cunningham
Tennis Maynard, the man accused of fatally shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, is brought in to Judge Paul Farrell’s courtroom in the Cabell County courthouse where he was declared incompetent to stand trial. At left is his attorney Rich Weston. Maynard was sent to William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The man accused of shooting Mingo Sheriff Eugene Crum to death in broad daylight will not stand trial after being found mentally incompetent.

Tennis Melvin Maynard, 38, appeared Thursday in Cabell Circuit Court before Judge Paul Farrell, who is presiding over the case on special assignment, for a status hearing. Maynard is charged with murder in the April 2013 shooting of Crum.

The judge ruled Maynard did not “exhibit sufficient ability” to consult with his lawyers with a degree of rational understanding and didn’t have a factual understanding of the proceedings against him.

Farrell found there is “not a substantial likelihood” that Maynard would regain competency and committed him to William R. Sharpe Hospital in Weston for the rest of his life or until he regains competency. He will stand trial for the charges against him if he regains competency…

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