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Jury still deliberating in Williston sex trafficking trial

BISMARCK, N.D. — Federal court jurors in Bismarck are still deciding the fate of a man accused in a high-profile sex trafficking case in the Williston area.

Jury deliberations began Thursday in the trial of Keith Graves, who’s defending himself against 11 charges related to sex trafficking and drugs. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the trial has been ongoing for two weeks.

Women who testified for the prosecution said Graves used a handgun, bat and fists to keep them in line.

Graves maintained there’s insufficient evidence to convict him. He could face life in prison if the jury disagrees.

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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