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Sex trafficking suspect presenting defense in federal court

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area is presenting his defense in federal court in Bismarck this week.

Keith Graves is defending himself against 11 charges related to sex trafficking and drugs. Women who testified for the prosecution last week alleged that Graves used a handgun, bat and fists to keep them in line.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the government rested its case on Friday, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland rejected a request from Graves to dismiss the case. Graves cited insufficient evidence but Hovland disagreed.

Graves was one of the main subjects in “The Overnighters,” which won an award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It followed a pastor who opened his church to homeless oil workers.

In related news, Women lash out at suspect during sex trafficking trial.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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