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.