An Allen County man charged with murder tries to fire his lawyer just days before his trial is set to start.
James Ream appearing in front of Common Pleas Judge Richard Warren Tuesday afternoon, saying he has lost all confidence in his attorney Greg Donahue. He says that Donahue is not doing enough to prepare him for trial and that he has been absent in meeting with him. Donahue says that he has shared all the information that he has with Ream.
Judge Warren asked Ream why all of a sudden there is a problem after nearly 8 months of working with Donahue as his counsel. Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick told the judge that if Ream was allowed to dismiss his counsel just because "he lost confidence in him", it would open the door for any defendant with a court appointed attorney to do the same.
Judge Warren agreed and denied Ream's request. Ream was not pleased with the judge's decision and would not talk to Donahue after the hearing and blurted to the judge that it would be a boring trial. Ream is charged with the murder of his brother. The trial is set to get underway Monday morning with jury selection.