A man charged with Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine filed a motion to dismiss his public defender just prior to his final pretrial conference Thursday.
Chad Buttery, 28, requested Melinda Jackman-Hanlin be removed from the case. The court approved his request and appointed public defender James Ensley to defend him.
A Class B felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Buttery is also facing a habitual offender designation, which could significantly increase any sentence he receives.
Buttery was arrested in the early morning hours of Oct. 3 after Greencastle Police Officer Chris Helmer stopped a vehicle Buttery was driving on Avenue E. Buttery fled from the stop on foot, court documents said, and Helmer was unable to catch him.
Helmer returned to the car Buttery had been driving and "detected a strong chemical odor within the vehicle," court documents said. A further search of the vehicle turned up enough possible precursors to convince Helmer the car was a rolling meth lab.
Buttery was located a short time later at a relative's house.
He entered a not guilty plea to the charge on Oct. 7. His bond was set at $30,000 cash, and his jury trial is slated to begin on Dec. 3.