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Widow of slain Mingo Co., WV sheriff speaks out about drug allegations

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Rosie Crum sat down with 13 News to share her side of the story. Rosie Crum sat down with 13 News to share her side of the story.
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DELBARTON -

The widow of slain Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum wants people to know her husband did not use illegal drugs.

"Eugene didn't do drugs," Rosie Crum said. "He was a diabetic, and he took his regular medicine that his doctor prescribed him and that was it."

Sertraline and 7-Aminoclonazepman were found in Crum's bloodstream when he died April 3, according to official autopsy results disclosed by the widow.

Rosie provided copies of the toxicology report. 7-Aminoclonazepman is commonly used in Klonopin and other medications that temper anxiety. Klonopin is also used to treat patients with epilepsy. Rosie said Crum used Klonopin to treat his anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms triggered by years of police work.

Setraline is a commonly used in anti-depressants such as Zoloft.

The amount found in Crum's bloodstream falls within the recommended dosages for both medications, according to the paperwork.

"We haven't even had the time to grieve," Rosie said. "With all these lies and rumors."

The widow was referring to allegations the sheriff obtained illegal prescription pills from an admitted drug dealer, George White.

White reportedly told the FBI he provided pills to the sheriff. He also accused Crum of election violations.

Crum and several county officials targeted White in an attempt to protect the Sheriff from federal charges, according to information filed by prosecutors in federal court Sept. 19.

White ran a business that sold signs to several political candidates. Campaign finance reports indicate Crum purchased signs from White for the 2012 election. The sign maker attempted to collect a $3,000 debt from Crum, who continually denied White payment, federal prosecutors said.

Crum won the sheriff's race in 2012. During his first month in office, Crum arranged for White to be arrested.

"I need closure," Rosie said. "I need to try to at least get Eugene's name cleared because they've made him to be like the biggest villain. They've drug him through the mud, they've talked about him like a dog."

The widow said Crum did not obtain pills for third parties, including herself.

"I don't take no pills," she said. "I don't want nothing to do with them."

On Tuesday, Rosie saw White in court for the first time in months. White was recently released from prison. Senior Status Judge John Cummings will decide whether to overturn White's drug conviction from earlier this year. The judge delayed White's hearing to Dec. 13 due to incomplete paperwork.

"He needs to show me his proof because there isn't proof," the widow said. "I'd like for the judge to consider this in George White's case."

The sheriff's wife lives on the same street as White's business, White's Signs. She said she knew Crum did business with White, but never heard anything about drug allegations until prosecutors released information.

Rosie also provided evidence she believes contradicts the federal investigation. She procured copies of a check dated Feb. 4, 2012, made out to White's Signs. The check appears to be signed by Eugene Crum. She also showed copies of a receipt from the First National Bank in Williamson, indicating the check seemingly had been cashed.

Federal prosecutors say the check does not change or affect the ongoing corruption investigation in Mingo County.

The sheriff's wife said she's still reeling from Crum's death in April.

Eight months after the murder, Rosie still wears her wedding ring. She hopes it gives her strength for the next obstacle: the Tennis Maynard trial.

"That's the hardest thing in the world to look at somebody that cold-blood killed my husband," said Rosie, fighting back sobs.

Maynard is accused of shooting Crum at point-blank range in downtown Williamson April 3. His trial is set to begin in March.