Casey Anthony's lawyer said that he expects to wrap up her defense on Thursday, but it is still unclear if the Florida woman accused of murdering daughter Caylee will take the stand and testify.
Judge Belvin Perry also warned the court to be ready to work through the July 4 holiday weekend. He said it will be up to the jurors how much they want to work this weekend, but it is believed they will want to work since they are sequestered.
"I wouldn't make any plans for Sunday or Monday," Perry told the attorneys.
The announcement about the trial's progression followed an emotional day of testimony by George Anthony where he dealt a blow to his daughter's defense by saying she was the last one to see Caylee alive and by offering details about his 2009 suicide attempt.
The defense so far has used the testimony of others to try and bolster their theory that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that George Anthony, Casey Anthony's father, helped dispose of the body. They claim that the 25-year-old mom hid the death like she hid years of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of her father.
George Anthony adamantly denied those claims today and with a pained voice revealed details about a suicide attempt he made just weeks after learning that Caylee's remains had been discovered in a wooded area near the Anthony family home in Orlando, Fla.
"My emotional state even through today is very hard to accept that I don't have a granddaughter any more. But for that particular day [Jan. 22, 2009]…it just felt like the right time to go and be with Caylee," he said.
He said that he attempted suicide with a mixture of medications and beer and described writing an eight page suicide note.
"I wrote this specific letter to my wife Cindy to tell her how I felt and how I didn't want to be in this world anymore," he said.
At another point, when the jury was out of the room, George Anthony said, "I needed to be with Caylee. I believed I had failed her."
The prosecution offered George Anthony's suicide letter in an attempt to rebut Baez's suggestion that Caylee's grandfather tried to commit suicide out of guilt for some role he may have played in her death.
George Anthony told the jurors that in August 2008, he bought a gun in hopes of intimidating Casey Anthony's friends and associates to tell him Caylee's whereabouts and that he would then use the gun to kill himself.
Casey Anthony's Case Hurt By Her Father's Testimony?
During a morning of contentious questioning, Baez argued that George Anthony attempted to shift the focus of law enforcement to his daughter from the moment Caylee was reported missing and that his experience as a former police officer helped him do it.
But George Anthony's answers may not have helped his daughter's case.
"Definitely something happened to Caylee, she's no longer with us and Casey was the last one I'd seen with her…one and one adds up to two no matter how you try to spin it," George Anthony said.
Casey Anthony could face the death penalty if she's convicted of first degree murder.
At another point, George Anthony told the court, "I didn't want to believe back then that my daughter could be capable of taking the life of her daughter."
George Anthony insisted that his behavior was that of a panicked grandfather and father.
"Was I upset and falling apart at the moment? Absolutely. My family was being torn apart…and for you to say I was doing something wrong, I'm upset," George Anthony said to Baez at one point.