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Defense rests in Nichols trial

ATLANTA - The defense has rested its case in the trial of Brian Nichols, who is accused of killing a judge and three other people in a shooting rampage that began at the Fulton County Courthouse in March 2005.

Lead prosecutor Kellie Hill told Superior Court Judge James Bodiford on Monday that the state will spend three days rebutting a psychologist's claim that Nichols suffers from a delusional disorder. The jury is expected to start deliberating next week after about six weeks of trial.

Nichols did not take the witness stand in an effort to bolster his insanity defense. His mother testified for two days, describing signs that her son had become deranged before the March 11, 2005 shootings at the courthouse.