Lawyer wants out of Zumba case a week before trial

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ALFRED (AP) — The lawyer for the business partner of a Zumba instructor charged with running a prostitution ring from her dance studio is seeking to remove himself from the case.

Dan Lilley, lawyer for Mark Strong, submitted his motion a week before the trial is set to begin, telling the judge Tuesday that he hasn’t been paid and doesn’t have resources to properly prepare for the two- to three-week trial.

The Portland Press Herald says Justice Nancy Mills rejected Lilley’s previous motion to delay the trial. She scheduled another hearing for Friday.

Strong, an insurance agent and private investigator, is charged with promotion of prostitution, violation of privacy and conspiring with Alexis Wright, whom authorities say ran a prostitution operation out of her Zumba studio in Kennebunk. Wright is being tried separately.

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