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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Lawyers in the defamation trial of Alex Jones agreed Friday to not return him to the stand until next week after a contentious day of testimony Thursday about his promotion of the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.

Jones lawyer, Norm Pattis, told the judge he would waive his right to cross-examine Jones and instead call him again as a defense witness next week. The trial will resume Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The trial is less than 20 miles from Newtown, where 26 children and teachers were shot to death in December 2012.

A six-member jury and several alternates are tasked only with determining will decide how much the conspiracy theorist should pay relatives of eight victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school. Judge Barbara Bellis found Jones liable without a trial last year after he failed to turn over documents to the families’ lawyers.

Pattis has urged the jury to keep any damages minimal, arguing that the families are making overblown claims of harm.

Jones now acknowledges the shooting was real. At the Texas trial, he testified that he realizes what he said was irresponsible, and he apologized. He insists, however, that his comments were protected free speech.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.