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Defense Wants to Toss 12 Counts in Zumba Trial
03/05/2013 10:37 AM ET  

The defense on Tuesday argued in favor of a motion to toss 12 promotion-of-prostitution counts against Mark Strong, saying there are problems with the indictment.

ALFRED, Maine (AP) _ Lawyers for a Maine man accused of helping a Zumba instructor run a prostitution business have asked a judge to dismiss most of the remaining counts.

The defense on Tuesday argued in favor of a motion to toss 12 promotion-of-prostitution counts against Mark Strong, saying there are problems with the indictment. Strong also faces a 13th count, which is conspiracy to promote prostitution.

Prosecutors said the evidence was sufficient to support conviction on all 13 counts.

Justice Nancy Mills didn't rule immediately.

The 57-year-old Strong is accused of helping Zumba instructor Alexis Wright use her Kennebunk fitness studio as a front for prostitution.

He acknowledged having an affair with Wright and helping her launch the studio but contends he never profited from her activities.


 

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