Court has been adjourned for the day Friday in the trial for a man accused of raping and killing his estranged wife.
Anthony Long is charged with killing Sonia Long in 2007.
Prosecutors wrapped up their case with testimony from a DNA analyst.
The judge has sent the jury home for the weekend, while the defense decides whether Long himself will take the stand next week.
There is no question that Long has sexually assaulted and killed his wife, but the defense said that he was mentally ill at the time.
Sonia Long had gone to their home to pick up her two children’s birth certificates when Long attacked her, police said.
Police quickly found that there was a long history of domestic abuse in their home, and that has been the focus of the prosecution’s case.
Some of Sonia Long’s family members have been in the courtroom all week, and they said it is very difficult to hear what they have heard.
“If you’ve never been through this you don’t know what we’re going through. It’s just unexplainable. It seems like we’re going through the same things as when he murdered her,” said Sonia’s aunt Ella Glenn.
The defense will begin their case on Monday, with a psychologist and a psychiatrist scheduled to testify that Anthony Long was mentally ill.
The question that Long and his attorney will wrestle with over the weekend is whether Long himself will testify.