Monday, April 27, 2015

Widow of sheriff who was shot to death sues alleged gunman

(AP) - 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 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.