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July 9, 2014

Accused murderer Maynor granted expedited hearing appeal by state court

CULLMAN — A Cullman man accused of killing the man who abused his daughter more than a decade ago has been granted an expedited hearing via the Alabama Court of Appeals which could be held in the coming days.

Jay Maynor is charged in the June murder of registered sex offender Raymond Earl Brooks, which took place at Brooks’ parents home in Berlin on the night of June 8. Brooks had pleaded guilty to sexually abusing the suspect’s now-adult daughter in 2002 when she was a young girl and spent less than three years in prison before being released.

The suspect has also been charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment and shooting into an occupied building in an earlier incident outside the Berlin Quick Mart gas station involving his stepdaughter’s boyfriend, though no one was hurt. Investigators say there was a history of “bad blood” between the two.

Maynor remains in lock up at this point, and a previous attempt by defense attorney Tommy Drake to file a writ of habeas corpus was denied, as well as a follow-up motion to vacate that order. Defense is also seeking to waive the case to the grand jury.

Bail is currently set at a $141,000 cash bond, which Drake argued was unattainable and has pushed for a change to a more common property bond.

The court ruled the current bond is legal and fair under the state’s bond schedule, but Drake hopes this appeal in Montgomery will allow them to reverse the original ruling and eventually have the bail lowered or changed to a “reasonable” non-cash bond.

Drake said he anticipates a hearing will be held at the Montgomery court of criminal appeals within the next few days.

In Cullman County District Court, the case was recently transferred to Judge Rusty Turner, after Judge Kim Chaney recused himself following some self-reported, incidental contact with a witness during an unrelated case.

Chaney self-disclosed the conversation to all attorneys of record on the case, and issued an order last week saying he would step aside to avoid the potential appearance of impropriety.

The possible conflict of interest was first disclosed to attorneys at a July 1 update meeting, and Maynor’s attorney Tommy Drake filed a motion accepting the court’s offered recusal.

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