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Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. Crum was gunned down Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in the spot where he usually parked and ate lunch in Williamson, W.Va. Crum's widow will participate in a memorial motorcycle ride, Sunday, May 5, that will pass by the parking lot where the lawman was fatally shot last month. (AP Photo/Williamson Daily News, Rachel Baldwin, File)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of gunning down Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum may go on trial Oct. 21.

Tennis Melvin Maynard received the date after pleading not guilty at his Wednesday arraignment.

Maynard is accused of fatally shooting Crum on April 3. The sheriff was parked in downtown Williamson.

After a short vehicle chase, authorities say Maynard pulled a gun on a deputy who then shot and wounded him. He wore hospital garments at Wednesday's hearing.

A grand jury indicted Maynard on first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and fleeing charges.

Investigators have not discussed a possible motive. Maynard's father has said the 37-year-old has mental health issues.

The 59-yearold Crum had been a county magistrate for more than a decade when he successfully ran for sheriff last year.

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