April 4th, 2013
03:34 AM ET

Suspect in sheriff slaying in hospital

A man suspected of killing a West Virginia sheriff remained hospitalized early Thursday, with officials describing his condition as "touch and go."

Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, is accused of shooting Mingo County Sheriff Walter E. "Eugene" Crum as the lawman was eating lunch just blocks away from a courthouse Wednesday. Maynard was then shot in chest by a sheriff's deputy after a brief chase, authorities said.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Is Mr. Maynard's physical condition related to the absence of any of his photographs?

    April 4, 2013 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Observe and comment

    "Tennis"? Really? Surely that's a nickname. What parent would name their child Tennis? No wonder he grew into a societal menace and turned to a life of crime, predisposed to resolve conflicts with violence like Johnny Cash's "A boy named Sue."

    Was he a member of Aryan Brotherhood, like the recent law enforcement killers in Colorado and Texas? Law enforcement, you messed up integrating prisoners. You compelled all white prisoners to join gangs to survive inside the walls. You created this gang and have unleashed their wrath.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't know if he was in the AB, but he qualified.

      April 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Tennis Melvin Maynard was named for Tennessee Williams, his parents' favourite Southern author, but they couldn't spell the entire word.

    April 4, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Im pretty sure the gun laws didnt hinder this character in the least from obtaining one.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    I have friends in Mingo County WV, I went to school in Kanawa County WV near Charleston WV.

    April 17, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bubba

    Sick insane people

    April 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |