Separate Trials in Zumba Prostitution Scandal 

A judge has reaffirmed separate trials for two people charged in a prostitution scandal in Kennebunk, Maine, but is waiting to rule on a request to ban key evidence. Twenty-nine-year-old dance instructor Alexis Wright has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts including prostitution, invasion of privacy, tax evasion and other charges. Her accused business partner, Mark Strong of Thomaston, also has pleaded not guilty. On Wednesday, Strong’s attorney told the judge that evidence seized from Wright’s Zumba studio should not be allowed at trial because the search warrant was obtained based on rumors rather than factual evidence. Police used evidence from the studio to search Strong’s property. Lilley also contends prosecutors have been slow to turn over evidence. Justice Nancy Mills didn’t immediately rule on Lilley’s evidentiary motion.