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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Alex Jones’ defamation trial over his lies about the Sandy Hook school shooting entered its third week in Waterbury Superior Court.

On Friday, Jones’ attorney, Norm Pattis, waived his right to cross-examine Jones and said he would call him as a defense witness this week. Before testimony began Monday, Pattis said his client would not be taking the stand this week.

Pattis said Jones could testify as a defense witness next week instead. The jury could get the case as early as next week.

The trial is less than 20 miles from Newtown, where 26 children and teachers were killed 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.