Alleged drug dealer asks to 'fire' his attorney
January 22, 2014
The former Carroll man accused of dealing high-purity methamphetamine claims his court-appointed defense attorney is aiding prosecutors.
"I would like to fire (attorney) Bob Peterson," wrote Dean Loew in his request for a new attorney last week. "I believe he is working more for the state's side instead of the defendant's side."
Loew, who faces seven felony drug charges, did not elaborate on how Peterson is helping prosecutors. He asked for attorney Tom Gustafson, of Denison, to replace Peterson, of Carroll.
The request comes amid Peterson's contention that Loew might not have known right from wrong when he committed his alleged crimes, nor might Loew be able to properly defend himself from the charges because of his "extensive drug usage."
Loew "may have suffered from a diseased or deranged condition of the mind," Peterson reiterated last week in his request for a state-paid psychiatric evaluation for his client.
Peterson said Loew does not "completely understand" the felony charges against him and has written several notes to sheriff's officials about the case.
"These documents clearly do not help the defendant's case," Peterson wrote.
Loew "continues to believe that he can be released from jail to make major drug buys for the state, even when he has been jailed since his arrest," Peterson continued. "Even the jailers have made comments to (me) concerning the defendant's mental state."
Loew was arrested in late November in Bellevue, Neb., where he lived for about a year after he was convicted of two drug-possession charges in 2012 in Carroll County. The arrest followed two alleged drug sales in July on a farmstead south of Arcadia that Loew rented. During one of those deals, law officers used a search warrant to confiscate methamphetamine and marijuana.
Loew faces felony charges for delivery of methamphetamine and marijuana, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and drug-related tax violations. They are punishable by up to 95 years in prison if he is convicted.
Loew is held at Carroll County Jail on $100,000 bond.
A hearing was set for Tuesday to discuss the need for a psychiatric evaluation, according to online court records. It's unclear when a judge will rule on the request.
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