ALFRED, Maine (AP) - The process of trying to find a jury untainted by news coverage of a prostitution scandal centered on a Zumba fitness studio is getting under way in fits and starts.
More than 140 potential jurors were called into a Maine courtroom Tuesday before being dismissed to fill out questionnaires. Mark Strong Sr. of Thomaston faces 59 misdemeanor counts including conspiring with fitness instructor Alexis Wright, who's charged with turning her Kennebunk studio into a brothel.
Lawyers said it could take a couple of days to select a jury in Superior Court in Alfred.
Defense lawyer Dan Lilley said most of Tuesday's work would be done in judge's chambers, where jurors would be questioned. He called it a "long and laborious process."
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