HUNTINGTON -- A West Virginia man accused of gunning down Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was denied bail Monday prior to his first-degree murder trial, even as defense lawyers questioned whether evidence showed the killing was planned.
Noting that the defense team continued to investigate the case, attorney Richard Weston cited the reported actions of defendant Tennis Melvin Maynard before Crum's slaying April 3.
"My understanding is that Mr. Maynard did get up and go about his business on the morning of the shooting, to indicate that it was not a premeditated act," Weston told Circuit Judge Paul Farrell.
Weston said after Monday's bail hearing that Maynard had gone food shopping at a Wal-Mart, and had groceries with him when he was stopped by law enforcement.
Citing Maynard's apparent lack of a prior criminal conviction, Weston also argued that the 37-year-old would not be a threat to the public if released.
"One thing that I think is well-known at this point, is that there is some history between the two," Weston told the judge.
Weston declined to elaborate following the hearing, but did cite media reports that Crum had in the early 1990s coached Maynard, then a teenager, at an after-school boxing program. Weston said the available evidence suggests it wasn't a random act.
"We're still investigating everything," Weston said.