LIMA — A young Lima man came into court Monday hoping to have his court-appointed attorney removed from his robbery case.
With a jury trial just two weeks away, the judge wasn’t having any part of it.
Defense Attorney Carroll Creighton late last week filed a motion in Allen County Common Pleas Court asking to be allowed to withdraw as legal counsel for Isahia Dyous, 20, of Lima. Creighton explained Monday to Judge Terri Kohlrieser that Dyous had expressed a desire to have new representation “and no longer wanted to work with me. Because the communication has broken down, I feel I can no longer represent Mr. Dyous.”
Kohlrieser asked Dyous why talks had ceased.
“Because he’s not fighting for me,” the defendant said.
But Kohlrieser was unmoved.
“I need a better reason to terminate Mr. Creighton’s representation,” the judge said. “It’s not his job to sell you sunshine; it’s his job to give you good legal advice.”
Dyous then expressed an interest in serving as his own attorney, but after questioning by Kohlrieser showed his overall lack of preparedness for such a task, the young Lima man relented.
“That’s the best decision you’ve made throughout this entire incident,” the judge said.
A jury trial for Dyous will be held as scheduled on March 16. The Lima man was indicted by an Allen County grand jury in November of 2019 on one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony that includes a specification that a firearm was used during the commission of the crime.
According to court documents, Dyous was part of a group of young Lima residents who orchestrated and pulled off a robbery outside the Maplewood/Northwood Apartments on Brower Road on Sept. 17, 2019.
The Lima teenager who reportedly set up the robbery, Jordyn Mitchell, pleaded guilty last month to an amended second-degree felony count of robbery. She faces up to eight years in prison when she is sentenced April 3.
The victim in the case, Tyshawn Thompson, told police he had been kicked out of his apartment by Mitchell and their roommate, Brenna Cochran, and was to meet with Mitchell outside the apartment complex to exchange some personal property.
During that meeting, Thompson said two black males approached the group. One of the men, later identified as Cardale Funches, reportedly pulled a handgun from his sweatshirt and pointed it at Thompson before robbing him of his cell phone and identification. The other black male was later identified as Dyous, court documents show.
Funches has also been charged with aggravated robbery with a firearm specification.