Defendant loses bid to represent himself

NORWICH A defendant lost his bid to represent himself in county court Friday. Terry Towndrow said he was at odds with his attorney, who he said quit on him, and wanted to defend himself against the charge possession of a stolen weapon. Towndrow made an emotional plea to the court, urging he be allowed to make motions on his behalf, many of which challenged the ethical behavior of his ex-counsel Christopher Simpser and District Attorney Joseph McBride.

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