The trial of a Michigan cadaver dealer accused of renting infected body parts to unsuspecting medical researchers has been delayed after he asked for a new lawyer.

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Arthur Rathburn, former operator of International Biological Inc. in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, told U.S. District Judge Paul Borman that he “is not happy with his current lawyer” and wants a new one. Borman agreed to appoint one.

Rathburn was indicted by a Detroit jury last January in connection with a 2012 incident at O’Hare International Airport in which investigators found a package filled with 18 human heads arriving from Italy.

Federal agents raided the International Biological warehouse in December 2013, seizing thousands of humans remains and calling the facility a “hub of the illegal activity.” Rathburn has been charged with 9 counts of wire fraud, 3 counts of making false statements and 1 count of transporting hazardous material.

Rathburn’s wife pleaded to 1 count of wire fraud in March 2016 and was ordered to pay more than $55,000 in restitution. Her sentencing has been delayed because she will be serving as a government witness at her husband’s trial.

Arthur Rathburn, who has rejected plea deals by prosecutors, faces 20 years in prison on each of the 13 counts he faces.

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