On Friday morning, the jury in the Rob Hall first-degree murder trial will visit the drugstore parking lot where Emmett Corrigan was shot and killed March 11, 2011.
After that, prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case-in-chief against Hall, who is accused of shooting and killing Corrigan, his wifes boss, because he suspected they were having an affair.
Prosecutors have put on dozens of witnesses since testimony began Oct. 10, including two days of oftentimes dramatic and intense testimony from Kandi Hall, Rob Halls wife and Corrigans mistress.
Defense attorneys Rob Chastain and Deb Kristal declined to do an opening statement at the beginning of the trial but are expected to do one Friday afternoon if prosecutors wrap up their case.
Defense witnesses are scheduled to begin testimony Monday morning.
Chastain told 4th District Judge Michael McLaughlin the defense case will likely be done by Tuesday, so it is possible the jury could begin deliberating by later that afternoon, depending on if prosecutors decide to put on any rebuttal evidence and how long the closing arguments and jury instructions take. A more likely scenario may be that deliberations will begin by Wednesday.
It is unclear if the jury will be sequestered during their deliberations.
What the jury of 10 women and five men (three will be alternates when deliberations begin) will eventually have to decide is whether the 42-year-old Hall shot and killed the 30-year-old Corrigan with premeditation and purpose that night.
Prosecutors declined to pursue the death penalty, so Hall faces up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.
Police and prosecutors say their theory of the case is simple: Hall killed the 30-year-old Corrigan to prevent Kandi Hall from leaving him
Prosecutors told the jury during their opening statement earlier this month that Rob Hall shot Emmett Corrigan in the head and heart with a handgun from about two feet away the night of March 11, 2011 just hours after Halls wife told him she saw a divorce attorney earlier that day.
Prosecutors also told a jury that Kandi Hall had been having an affair with Corrigan for months and both had been telling people they wanted to divorce their spouses so they could be together.
Thats why prosecutors say Robert Hall got a loaded handgun, went to a drugstore parking lot where Kandi Halls car was parked, and waited for his wife and Corrigan to come back from a drive so he could confront them.
While the defense attorneys have not yet given an opening statement, court documents do provide some insight on what evidence they might present.
Hall told Meridian police in 2011 he wasnt sure how Corrigan was shot and said his gun fell during a struggle with the lawyer.
Kandi Hall told police and several other people in 2011 that the confrontation between Rob Hall and Corrigan was only verbal before shots were fired. Last week, she told the jury that Corrigan shoved Rob Hall shortly before the shooting.
When asked by prosecutors last week why she changed her story over a year later, Hall said things come back to me all the time.
Halls attorneys are expected to call an expert witness who will testify that Corrigan was under the influence of steroids and amphetamines, drugs that caused negative psychiatric effects when he confronted Hall in the parking lot.
Meridian police say it appears that Hall tried to shoot himself in the head after he shot Corrigan but missed, suffering a superficial wound. Hall is left-handed and the wound was to the left and rear of his head, according to court testimony.
Halls attorneys are expected to call an expert to testify that Hall has retrograde amnesia as a result of that wound and does not remember what happened.