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Widow of Mingo sheriff files $1M wrongful death lawsuit against man charged with killing him

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WILLIAMSON, West Virginia — The widow of a West Virginia sheriff who was shot to death while he sat in his police cruiser is suing the man charged with killing him.

The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1Fm4WoV ) that Rosie Crum filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Tennis Maynard in Mingo County Circuit Court earlier this month. She is seeking $1 million in damages.

Maynard is charged with murdering Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, who was shot in April 2013 in downtown Williamson. Earlier this year, a judge found Maynard mentally incompetent to stand trial. Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell ordered Maynard committed to a state mental health facility for life and indefinitely postponed his trial.

The civil suit says the sheriff was shot while conducting surveillance in a drug investigation.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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