Sparks would prefer the trial be held in Williamson, but Weston would not.
"I'm sure there's a lot of sentiments against him down there," the defense attorney said, adding that he plans to have an expert speak to that. A change-of-venue request has not yet been filed.
The sheriff spent his 93 days in office combating the county's drug problem and usually sat in a parking lot off Third Avenue in Williamson to eat his lunch and keep an eye on a recently shuttered pill mill.
Authorities say Maynard shot the sheriff twice at close range before fleeing. Cpl. Mines followed Maynard to the Delbarton area, where Maynard crashed his vehicle into a bridge.
He then got out of the vehicle with a loaded handgun and pointed it at Mines, according to an indictment filed in Mingo Circuit Court. Mines opened fire on Maynard, wounding him.
Maynard was released from Cabell Huntington Hospital Wednesday. He will be held at Western Regional Jail in Cabell County without bond.
Neither the Crum family nor the Maynard family wished to speak to reporters following the hearing. Rosie Crum was appointed to her late husband's post in the aftermath of the shooting.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.
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