PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The attorney for Mark Strong says he wants to remove himself from the case.

Strong is the business partner of Alexis Wright, the Zumba instructor charged with running a prostitution ring from a Zumba studio in Kennebunk. Strong's trial is set to begin on Monday, but Dan Lilley asked a judge if he could withdraw from the case. He says his client can't afford to pay for his defense, because his business has been destroyed by bad publicity and his accounts have been frozen.

Lilley held a press conference Tuesday to explain the situation. He displayed the evidence in the state's case against Strong. He says the state is working with seemingly unlimited resources, with investigators from every level of law enforcement including the Secret Service working on the case.

Lilley says it's not just his own legal fees that he is worried about. He says a case like this requires investigators and expert witnesses that Strong cannot afford to pay.

"The fact of the matter is, it wasn't an issue when he hired our firm because he was charged with one count of a misdemeanor and he paid us for our services and everything was fine," Lilley said. "When they elevated it fifty-nine times to fifty-nine counts, and then predicted the trial would last two to three weeks, it became essentially like a murder case."

The judge is expected to make a decision on Friday.

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