Sheriff Slaying Suspect Was Barred From Owning Gun
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 10, 2013 @ 6:28PM
Created on April 10, 2013 @ 6:08PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A prosecutor says the man accused of killing a West Virginia sheriff wasn't allowed to possess a firearm. But the man was still able to buy a gun from a local dealer, even though the dealer ran the required background check.
Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks says a breakdown in the reporting system enabled Tennis Melvin Maynard to purchase the gun. Sparks calls it "an inexcusable delay."
While Sparks wouldn't elaborate on why Maynard was barred from owning a gun, Maynard's father has said his son had mental problems and had previously been in an institution.
Federal law prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to certain individuals with a history of mental illness.
Maynard is accusing of shooting Sheriff Eugene Crum as the lawman ate lunch April 3 in a downtown Williamson parking lot.
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