A vigilante father gunned down a child rapist Sunday convicted in 2002 of molesting his 8-year-old daughter.
Jay “J.C.” Maynor, 41, of Cullman, Alabama drove his motorcycle to the home of Raymond Earl Brooks and opened fire, killing Brooks and injuring Brooks’ mother.
Brooks had been out of prison since February 2005. He served 27 months of a five-year prison sentence.
Minutes before the murder, Maynor opened fire outside a convenience store about 200 yards from Brooks’ home.
Witnesses say Maynor’s intended victim at the store was a former boyfriend of his stepdaughter.
“He shot at the boyfriend outside,” said Mike Hays. Hays was working at his food shop, Maddog Mike’s BBQ, when Maynor fired.
According to Hays, the boyfriend ran to the back of the store and hid inside the office.
“I was back in the office ordering spices for my sauce and heard a shot,” Mike Hays said. “I jumped up and ran towards the front and everyone else was running to the back.”
Hays said Maynor's shot struck the front of the building.
“There were five or six people in the store,” he said. “If the gun had been six inches over, it probably would have hit a 12-year-old-boy.”
Maynor entered the store and stood with his pistol at his side, clutched in his left hand.
“He didn’t raise it up, but was calm…he was like a robot,” Hays said.
Hays retrieved a gun from the store’s counter as Maynor turned to leave.
“If I had been behind the register, it would had ended right there,” Hays said, adding that he had about two seconds to fire a clear shot without jeopardizing customers in the store.
Maynor left on his motorcycle and Hays attempted to follow. By the time he caught up with Maynor, Brooks had already been shot.
Maynor is charged with murder, attempted murder, reckless endangerment and shooting into an occupied building. He is facing life in prison and is currently being held at Cullman County Detention Center in lieu of $156,000 bail.
An online Facebook campaign has been launched urging people to sign a petition to free Maynor.
Hays said he is frustrated that Maynor is being regarded as a hero.
“They are making it like it’s okay to go up to a public place and leave your motorcycle out and shoot into an occupied business,” he said.
“I was able to go home and tell my son I loved him that night, and I almost wasn't able to do that,” Hays said.
Brooks’ father, Ralph Brooks, declined to comment.
Maynor’s attorney issued this statement to HLN:
I have been retained by the Defendant, J.C. Maynor, and his family to represent him in the 32nd Judicial Circuit; Cullman County, Alabama as pertains to the charges of Murder; Attempted Murder and Reckless Endangerment (misdemeanor). Mr. Maynor's bail is set at $141,000.00 CASH. Meaning, for all practical purposes, he has no bail. Mr. Maynor is a certified equipment operator who has no prior felony convictions. Regardless, I am (as I write) preparing a Motion To Reduce bail in the inferior court (District Court); and, a Petition For Writ of Habeas Corpus to be filed with the Clerk of the superior court (Circuit Court) in the morning.
Mr. Maynor is 41 years old. While a valued worker; he is, however, a man of modest means. Thus, we are hopeful that the Courts will reduce the bail that he is suffering under and convert the CASH bail to property.
The alleged victim in this case was Raymond Earl Brooks. Mr. Brooks had been charged with One Count of Sodomy and One Count of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree via a Grand Jury Indictment.
The District Attorney for Cullman County is Wilson Blaylock. Mr. Blaylock's former boss/employer, Roy Williams, was the attorney who represented Mr. Brooks. Clerk records indicate that Mr. Brooks recieved a five (5) year sentence for Sexual Abuse 1st degree as a negotiated plea agreement. The Sodomy Count was dismissed.
Over time; this situation has weighed heavily on Mr. Maynor; more importantly, on his daughter. Without discussing the facts related to the instant case; one need not wonder at the mental anguish and pain this family has suffered over the last several years. His family will tell you that few days pass without them questioning why such awful things occur; and, why they could not have done something to have stopped it. All men fear a day that they are unable to protect their children. Mr. Maynor is no different in this regard.
Anyone that knows Mr. Maynor will tell you he is a hardworking and decent man. Friends have established a fund/bank account to assist Mr. Maynor and his family. I do not have the details nor the information to convey at this time.
I am hopeful that Mr. Maynor's bail/habeas corpus hearing can be scheduled this week. Under Alabama law, he is entitled to a hearing within 5 days. I will be glad to inform you when this hearing is scheduled if such is desired. I anticipate that a date will be set tomorrow afternoon. SOURCE