LIMA — An 11th-hour change of attorneys could push back the March 3 jury trial of a Lima man.
Marquavius Shurelds, 29, of Lima, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning to request a new public defender be appointed to represent him.
Shurelds is charged with three counts of kidnapping, three counts of felonious assault, aggravated robbery and discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premise. He had previously hired attorney Kenneth Rexford to represent him, but Rexford in his motion to withdraw from the case said Shurelds no longer had the funds to continue their business association.
Police say Shurelds robbed and assaulted a couple as part of an elaborate three-person scheme in December 2018 and also took part in a drive-by shooting in an unrelated incident in Lima that allegedly occurred on or about Sept. 5, 2018.
According to court documents, Shurelds conspired with Kiarris Laws, 27, of Lima, on Dec. 2, 2018, to rob Dequaisha Wilson and Alonzo Williams in an apartment in the 1500 block of Bradfield Drive, Lima. Wilson reportedly was forced inside the apartment by Shurelds, had her head covered with a blanket and was told she would be killed if she did not cooperate.
In a separate case, Shurelds is accused of attempting to cause physical harm to Xavier Scott by means of a deadly weapon in the September 2018 incident.
Laws is awaiting sentencing after a jury found him guilty in guilty last moth of one count of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification, a first-degree felony; two counts of kidnapping, first-degree felonies with firearm specifications; and one count of having weapons under disability for the incident that took place at the Bradfield Drive location.