CHARLESTON, W.Va. A prosecutor says a man accused of killing a West Virginia sheriff bought several guns not just one after he had been determined legally ineligible to own them.
Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks says the purchases were made after February 2010, when 37-year-old Tennis Maynard was deemed ineligible. Sparks hasn't said why Maynard wasn't allowed to own a gun, but the suspect's father says his son had mental problems and had been institutionalized.
Federal law prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to certain individuals with a history of mental illness.
But a state database that shares such information with a national background-check system wasn't operational until January 2011.
Sparks says Maynard's purchases were made before then, including the weapon used to shoot Sheriff Eugene Crum in Williamson.