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W.Va. Man Found Incompetent for Trial in Sheriff's Death


  A West Virginia man has been found incompetent to stand trial in the fatal shooting of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Ferrell on Thursday ordered Tennis Melvin Maynard committed to a state mental health facility for life.

Crum was killed in April 2013 while parked in his cruiser in downtown Williamson.

Farrell had ordered a mental health evaluation in November 2013 for Maynard. Last February, Farrell indefinitely postponed Maynard’s murder trial.

Maynard’s father has previously said his son has mental health issues, and evidence collected by the Mingo County prosecutor’s office included orders of involuntary hospitalizations. 

Farrell presided over the case on special assignment.