EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFather of Suspect In Sheriff Slaying Alleges Sheriff Raped His Son
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Dave Benton
Reported: Aug. 20, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 21, 2013 9:29 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
The father of Tennis Maynard, the suspect accused of slaying Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, said Tennis shot and killed the sheriff because he raped him.
Maynard said, "Eugene raped him. It would give me the right to kill him. He went and filed papers but they threw them out."
Melvin Maynard told Eyewitness News that Crum raped his son two or three years ago. His other son said the sheriff molested Tennis Maynard. Melvin Maynard also said the family tried to file charges six to eight months ago against the sheriff, but the paperwork was thrown out.
When asked about Melvin Maynard's rape accusation, Richard Weston, Tennis Maynard's defense attorney, would not comment specifically, but he acknowledged that he was aware that "it's been said."
There also has been discussion about introducing to trial accusations that about 10 years ago Crum sexually assaulted a woman in the back of a police cruiser. Weston said those allegations are "consistent with our case." The case file was handed over to the defense by the prosecution. Crum admitted to having sex with the woman but said it was consensual. After filing charges, she did not want to go forward with the case. The Mingo County Prosecutor at the time, Ron Rumora, presented the case to the grand jury but it did not result in an indictment.
Rosie Crum would not comment on Mr. Maynard's accusations, nor would Tennis Maynard as he was being led out of court.
Meanwhile, Melvin Maynard said he would like to see his son's murder trial moved out of Mingo County. Jury selection in the trial is scheduled Dec. 9.
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