LIMA — A Lima man charged with gang-related felonies sent a letter to the court requesting to represent himself in trial.
In Wednesday’s motion hearing in response to the letter, Jamaree Allen, 25, realized that was not the route he wanted to take.
Allen was indicted in August by a grand jury on charges of participating in a criminal gang with a firearm specification; two counts of felonious assault with firearm and criminal gang activity specifications; two counts of discharging a firearm into a habitation; carrying a concealed weapon; and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and having weapons under disability.
Allen and Eric Wilson’s identical charges are related to gunshots near the intersection of North Cole Street and Edgewood Drive in Lima on June 21, following the funeral service for Christian Laws.
After a denied request to remove court-appointed attorney Carroll Creighton, Allen refused to speak with Creighton and wrote the letter last month. In it, Allen also asked if he would be able to have access to a co-council while representing himself.
Creighton placed an oral motion to withdraw from the case due to a “complete breakdown in communication,” which Kohlrieser accepted.
After Kohlrieser explained a co-council would not be an option, Allen clarified that he would instead like to request a new court-appointed attorney to move forward with for the Jan. 27 trial.
Allen requested to use the attorney appointed to Wilson, who faces identical counts. Kohlrieser explained that would be a conflict of interest and therefore not possible. Wilson did elect to represent himself in October, but a week later requested that legal counsel.
A new attorney will be appointed to Allen in the coming days.
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