PASCO, Wash.- After
nearly three weeks into a murder trial, prosecutors plan to rest their case on
Tashia Stuart returned
to the Franklin County courtroom Thursday where Washington State Patrol Crime
Lab specialists continue detailing 100 pieces of evidence. Prosecutors have called about 30 witnesses.
Defense attorneys say
Stuart, accused of murdering her mother, Judy Hebert, will testify when the
defense begins presenting its case on Tuesday.
The jury panel of eleven
women and four men will not be in court Friday or Monday while attorneys argue
several matters, including whether jurors will hear witnesses testify about
Hebert's character, and whether Stuart's husband, Todd Stuart, will testify.
Stuart claims she shot
her mother in self-defense.
Jurors could start deliberating their verdict late next week.