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Judge delays Sandy Springs man's human trafficking trial

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A judge Monday delayed the trial of a Sandy Springs man accused of holding women against their will and forcing them to strip for money.

Originally, Kenndric Roberts' defense attorney requested a speedy trial, but after realizing how much evidence prosecutors were planning to present, he asked for more time to prepare.

“We’ve now been served with over 80 witnesses," said attorney Mike Maloof, Sr. "There are thousands of pages of documents. There are dozens of hours of videotaped interviews.” 

Police arrested Roberts in March after a young woman called 911 and said her boss was holding her and several other women against their will. Police ended up removing eight women from the million-dollar Sandy Springs home that Roberts was renting. Six of the women said Roberts forced them to live there and give him all the money they made at a strip club.

Maloof said his client is nothing more than a "poor man's Hugh Hefner." He said the women agreed to live in Roberts' home and put all their money in one pot. In return, Roberts would pay all their expenses, Maloof said.

Fulton County prosecutors said this was much more than adult entertainment. It was a case of human trafficking, they said.

Roberts made some of them women get tattoos on their wrists as a show of loyalty to his gang, prosecutors said.

A couple of weeks after Roberts’ arrest, a judge dropped the human trafficking charges. However, a grand jury added the charges later, essentially reversing the judge’s decision.

Roberts faces 15 charges, including participation in criminal street gang activity.

The judge agreed to delay the trial. It will be reset for later this summer or perhaps early fall, Maloof estimated.

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