A Lima man facing gang and weapons charges requests a new lawyer a month before he was set to go to trial. Jamaree Allen sent a letter to Judge Terri Kohlrieser requesting that he represent himself because he couldn't communicate with his attorney. The judge convinced him not to do that, but instead, his attorney step down so he can get a new one to represent him.
Allen and his co-defendant Eric Wilson face eight charges, including participating in criminal gang activity and felonious assault. Almost all charges carry specifications requiring mandatory prison time if convicted. Lima police say Allen and Wilson were allegedly involved with a shooting incident near the intersection of Cole Street and Edgewood Drive in June. Allen's trial is currently set for January 27, 2020.