Sparks asks to be recused from Maynard trial
WILLIAMSON - Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney C. Michael Sparks has requested the appointment of a special prosecuting attorney in State of West Virginia vs. Tennis Melvin Maynard.
According to Sparks, he recently become privy to information that would materially limit his responsibilities in the Maynard case if he complies with his legal duty to make timely disclosure to the defense and tribunal of all unprivileged mitigating information in other cases.
Rules 1.7(b) and 3.8(d) of the West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct form the legal basis for Sparks’ disqualification.
“It was a difficult decision to request a special prosecuting attorney in State of West Virginia vs. Tennis Melvin Maynard,” stated Sparks, during an interview with the Williamson Daily News. Maynard is accused of murdering sheriff Eugene Crum.
“The crime occurred in my jurisdiction. The victim was a resident of my jurisdiction. I take my responsibility to prosecute crimes in my jurisdiction very seriously. However, after prayer and careful consideration of recent information and the applicable law, I determined that an emerging conflict of interest now requires my voluntary disqualification.”
There has been no word yet as to whom Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Ferrell in collaboration with the W.Va. Prosecuting Attorney’s Institute will name to replace Sparks, if and when he accepts the request for recusal. That information will be published in a future edition of the Williamson Daily News.
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