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Tennis Maynard, the man accused of shooting and killing Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum last week continues to improve in a Huntington hospital. 

When the 37 year old is released from the hospital, he will be taken to a Cabell County courthouse, where he will have his bond set. He will then be taken back to Mingo County for his first court appearance. 

 Mingo County Prosecutor C. Michael Sparks said his office has a "pleasing" amount of evidence against Maynard. Sparks hopes to keep the trial against Maynard in Mingo County, where he believes he can find an impartial jury to try Maynard.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornberry plans to recuse himself from the case, according to Sparks. A replacement judge will be brought in for the trial, if needed. 

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also assisting in the investigation. Although agents from the ATF declined comment on their role in the investigation, Sparks said they were looking into possible weapons violations at the Maynard home, trying to determine how Maynard got a weapon.

Meanwhile, Rosie Crum is taking on the role of sheriff. She declined comment while she "settles in" according to an office employee.