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Suspect in Killing of West Virginia Sheriff Arraigned

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of gunning down a county sheriff in West Virginia plans to ask a judge for bail.

Tennis Melvin Maynard is accused of fatally shooting Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum on April 3, while the lawman was sitting in his car.

After a short vehicle chase, authorities say Maynard pulled a gun on a deputy who then shot and wounded him. The 37-year-old Maynard wore hospital garments at his arraignment Wednesday.

A grand jury indicted Maynard on first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and fleeing charges.

He plans to ask a judge for bail June 17 and faces a tentative Oct. 21 trial.

Investigators have not discussed a possible motive. Maynard's father has said his son has mental health issues.

Crum's widow was appointed sheriff after his killing and she attended Maynard's arraignment.

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