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Arguments Wrap up in Maine Zumba Trial
03/05/2013 04:45 PM ET  

The defense today argued in favor of a motion to toss 12 promotion-of-prostitution counts against Mark Strong Sr., but Justice Nancy Mills declined.

Closing arguments have been made in the case of a Maine man accused of helping a Zumba instructor run a prostitution business out of her Kennebunk studio, and jury deliberations are set to begin tomorrow.

Earlier today, Justice Nancy Mills declined a defense motion to dismiss 12 of the 13 counts against Mark Strong Sr. Jury deliberations are set to begin tomorrow.

The defense argued for tossing 12 promotion-of-prostitution counts against Strong, citing what it said were problems with the indictment. Strong also faces a 13th count, which is conspiracy to promote prostitution.

But prosecutors said the evidence was sufficient to support conviction on all counts, and Justice Nancy Mills said she was satisfied with the indictment and that the counts avoided duplication.

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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