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W.Va. suspect indicted on federal firearms charges

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 07:20 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Mingo County man accused in the fatal shooting of a sheriff has been indicted on a federal firearms violation.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Tuesday that a federal grand jury in Charleston indicted Tennis Maynard, 37, of Delbarton, on charges of possession of a firearm by an individual who had been committed to a mental institution and making a false statement in acquisition of a firearm.

Maynard is accused in the April 3 shooting death of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Crum was killed while parked in his cruiser, in a spot in downtown Williamson where he frequently had lunch. Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has said the sheriff was shot twice in the head at close range, and Maynard fled and pulled a gun on a pursuing deputy who shot and wounded the suspect.

According to the 10-count indictment, Maynard is accused of making a false statement on federal gun permit application on five separate occasions. The indictment also alleges Maynard possessed a firearm on five separate occasions. Each time the defendant allegedly possessed a firearm, he had previously been committed to a mental institution.  

Federal law prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to certain individuals with a history of mental illness.  Maynard’s family has blamed his mental health problems on exposure to harmful chemicals and injuries while at an Alabama mine in 2007.  

The charges carry a total punishment of 75 years upon conviction.

“My office remains thoroughly committed to keeping guns out of the hands of individuals who cannot legally have them,” Goodwin said.

Maynard also is charged in state court with murder, attempted first-degree murder and fleeing.

Earlier this month a Cabell County judge rejected Maynard’s attempt to be released from the Western Regional Jail pending his tentative Oct. 21 trial.