HIS OWN DEFENSE: Court forces Ward to have attorney

COLUMBIA CITY — An alleged felon requested to represent himself in court and was denied Wednesday in Whitley County Circuit Court.Terrance Ward, 31, of Lagrange, was arrested in July on six drug counts, including four felonies and two misdemeanors. Ward was previously represented by Anthony Garza, a relationship that was terminated by the court Wednesday. Ward said he wanted to represent himself.Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said the charges carry a sentence between 20 and 50 years, with an advisory sentence of 30. Heuer appointed Scott Lennox of Warsaw to be Ward’s attorney. He will be back in court Jan. 7 for another pre-trial conference.Ward was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture and maintaining a common nuisance, all felonies, and possession of synthetic marijuana and paraphernalia, misdemeanors.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 3 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.