Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

September 18, 2013

Prosecutor steps down from Mingo sheriff case

WILLIAMSON — Mingo County’s prosecutor has recused himself from the case of a man accused of fatally shooting Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Prosecutor Michael Sparks told media outlets in a statement he’s stepped aside in the case of Tennis Maynard and has requested a special prosecutor.

Sparks cites “an emerging conflict of interest” that he wouldn’t specify.

Sparks didn’t immediately return a message Wednesday and his office said it didn’t have the statement.

Maynard is accused of shooting Crum twice in the head on April 3 as the sheriff ate lunch in his parked vehicle in downtown Williamson. Maynard is scheduled for trial in December.


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