PORTLAND, Maine (News Center) - The trial for one of the two main defendants in the Kennebunk Prostitution case will get underway next week as scheduled.
A judge today denied attorney Dan Lilley's motion to remove himself as Mark Strong's lawyer. Lilley argued Strong doesn't have the money to mount a proper defense.
He told the judge when he took on mark Strong as a client in July, Strong was facing only 1 count of promoting prostitution. Now he's charged with 59-counts.
"Now this new case, this behemoth, as I believe it can now be properly called has taken on a new life in which the prosecutors predict will go for two to three weeks", Lilley said.
Lilley told the judge in order to mount a strong defense against the government he'll need forensic experts to review evidence and investigators to question witnesses, including 18-johns who have already pleaded guilty in connection with the case. He says strong doesn't have the money for any of that.
But Liiley was questioned why he was bringing this up now with the trial date so close. Both the judge and the prosecutor said they were accommodating Lilley and his client by giving them a speedy trial.
"The defendant asked for a speedy trial. The court severed the defendants and accommodated his request for a speedy trial", said Deputy District Attorney Justina McGettigan.
Liiley and Strong now have their work cut out for them.
"I'm doing the best I can with what I have to work with", said defendant Mark Strong.
As far as talks held today about a possible plea deal, Lilley says he can't comment on that.
Barring any last minute developments jury selection in the trial of Strong will get underway at 9am Tuesday in Alfred.