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Mingo man charged in trooper death set for court appearance Friday

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — Accused murderer Timothy Kennedy is scheduled to make an appearance in Mingo County Magistrate Court Friday for a preliminary hearing but whether the hearing actually takes place remains to be seen.

Kennedy was charged last Friday after the shooting death of State Police Sgt. Cory Maynard. Kennedy has been in jail without bail. A circuit judge denied bond during a hearing on Tuesday.

Kennedy, 29, of Beech Creek, could appear for Friday’s scheduled preliminary hearing then choose to waive the hearing which would send the murder charge straight to the grand jury for consideration.

State Police Superintendent Col. Jack Chambers confirmed earlier this week that Maynard and another troopers were victims of an ambush attack from Kennedy after Kennedy had shot another man. The criminal complaint on file doesn’t give any specifics about either shooting.

Maynard, 37, was remembered in funeral services Wednesday. A procession that took 90 minutes to complete began at Mingo Central High School and continued to a funeral home in Chapmanville.

Friday’s hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Williamson.

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