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Mark Strong's attorney stays on case, trials starts Tuesday

12:47 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
Dan Lilley
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A state judge has declined to let the defense lawyer remove himself from the trial of the business partner of a Zumba dance instructor charged with running a prostitution business from her Kennebunk studio.

Mark Strong Sr.'s defense lawyer told a judge that his client doesn't have money to continue paying him and that he didn't have resources to fully prepare for trial.

But the Justice Nancy Mills rejected the motion Friday, just as she'd rejected previous motions earlier in the week to delay the trial and to move it to another location.

The trial is scheduled to start with jury selection on Tuesday.

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