Prosecution Could Rest Thursday in Noland Trial

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The state could soon rest its case in the Texas Renaissance festival murder trial Thursday morning. Brent Noland is accused of fatally stabbing United States Navy serviceman Brandon Smith at the festival in October 2004.

Wednesday the prosecution continued calling witnesses including the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, a Texas Ranger and several eyewitnesses.

The state claims Noland had no reason to kill Smith, the defense claims Noland acted in self-defense that Smith was drunk and threatened him.

The trial will stop tomorrow at noon because of juror conflict and start again Monday.

The Defense should start calling witnesses Monday morning.