Defense asks judge to drop all charges in Kennebunk case

7:39 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The defense in the Mark Strong prostitution trial has once again asked the judge to dismiss all charges against Strong.

Strong is one of the two main defendants in the Kennebunk Zumba prostitution case.In its motion to dismiss the charges, the defense cited the prosecution's continuing violation of the discovery process.

Justice Nancy Mills has not ruled on the motion yet, but she made it clear she was not happy that the prosecution was just turning over key evidence to the defense now, something it had requested last summer.

Mark Strong is facing 12 counts of promotion of prostitution and 1 count of conspiracy to commit promotion of prostitution. The judge has already thrown out 46 invasion of privacy counts against Strong, now the defense wants the remaining counts thrown out.

The motion filed by the defense claims the prosecution has not provided notes and reports of interviews with potential witnesses, a violation of the discovery process.

It was also revealed today that one of the lead investigators in the case Audra Presby of the Kennebunk Police Department has a written reprimand against her and that document hasn't been provided to the defense. The defense claims Presby specifically targeted Mark Strong in this case to retaliate against him because he was conducting an investigation into the Kennebunk Police department.

It was another largely uneventful day in regards to the testimony in this case. Jurors heard from police officers who conducted searches of Mark Strong's Insurance business and home in Thomaston. Jurors will return to hear more testimony from prosecution witnesses on Monday.

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