Former Justice, Elliot Maynard dies
CHARLESTON – Former state Supreme Court Justice Elliott “Spike” Maynard died Thursday night at age 71.
Maynard was at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient since April 6, according to a report from Metro News.
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Spike Maynard. He was a devoted and talented lawyer and Supreme Court justice, and his love for West Virginia and her people was evident,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement.
Maynard served on the state Supreme Court from 1996 to 2008. He later switched from Democratic to the Republican Party and ran unsuccessfully for Congress against Nick Rahall in 2010. Earlier in his career, Maynard served as circuit judge and prosecutor in Mingo County.
Maynard was born and grew up in Williamson. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College in 1967 and a law degree from West Virginia University’s College of Law in 1974.
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