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Man disrupts court with outburst

A judge required a Colorado man and a local attorney to mend their relationship Tuesday morning after an outburst from the man during circuit court.

Corey Dunham, 24, of Northglenn, Colo., appeared in circuit court at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell for a hearing. He is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, felonies, and one misdemeanor count of possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana.

As Judge Tim Bjorkman advised him of his rights, Dunham interrupted, stating he wasn't satisfied with Tinan, Smith & Bucher law firm because his previous attorney, Phil Carlson, had not been in contact with him.

Bjorkman had Dunham removed from the courtroom to meet with Donna Bucher, who took the case over after Carlson recently left the firm.

Upon returning, Bucher requested to be removed as counsel for Dunham.

"He is not happy with my firm. He is not happy with me. He was loud and disrespectful to me. He believes I was disrespectful to him as well," Bucher said. "Because of those feelings, I will not be able to effectively represent him."

She added nothing could be done to repair the attorney-client relationship.

Dunham apologized for his outburst, stating a mix of tension regarding the case and new psychological medications he was on contributed to the issue.

"I'm scared, I'm nervous and I want to have a fair court case," he said.

Judge Bjorkman denied Bucher's request to be removed from the case, and ordered the two to visit.

In the afternoon, Bucher requested a continuance of the case to the trial stack week for August, which Bjorkman granted. There could also be an earlier date for a possible plea deal, Bucher said.