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Man who fatally shot sheriff likely to remain institutionalized for life

Tennis Maynard, the man accused of fatally shooting a Mingo County sheriff while he ate lunch...
Tennis Maynard, the man accused of fatally shooting a Mingo County sheriff while he ate lunch in his car, will likely spend the rest of his life in a mental facility.(WSAZ/Jay Melvin)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:45 PM EDT
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CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The man accused of fatally shooting a Mingo County sheriff while he ate lunch in his car will likely spend the rest of his life in a mental facility.

That is according to the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s office, who is the special council in the case of Tennis Maynard.

On Tuesday, Prosecutor Don Morris handled the case in a Cabell County courtroom.

A judge ruled that Maynard is not competent to stand trial for the murder of then Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum and ordered he be returned to a mental health facility for the rest of his life.

The incident happened in April 2013 in downtown Williamson.

In 2015, a judge ruled Maynard was incompetent to stand trial and committed him to Sharpe Hospital.

Maynard was charged with murder, attempted murder, and reckless indifference in the case. In 2015, a judge said if Maynard would regain competency he would be tried on those charges.

Another hearing in this case is not scheduled at this time.

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