Tom Benson and family glad competency trial is wrapping up

Tom Benson and family glad competency trial is wrapping up

Attorneys for both sides believe testimony will end Friday in Tom Benson's competency trial.

The Saints and Pelicans owner's final witness was back on the stand as the trial entered its eighth day.

Attorneys questioned Dr. John Thompson, the psychiatrist hired by the Benson team to examine the billionaire at the center of the proceedings. He is the third psychiatrist to testify.

Benson said he is happy things are winding down.

"I hope (this wraps up). I think the judge is ready. I'm ready," Benson said.

The attorney for Benson's daughter and grandchildren echoed the sentiment.

"I think we wrap today. We must finish up with Dr. Thompson then rebuttal witnesses, and closing arguments. I feel confident it ends today," said attorney Randy Smith.

Thompson wrapped up his testimony around 10:40 a.m., bringing to an end the Tom Benson defense case.

Smith said he would call one possibly two rebuttal witnesses, although it is unclear if Benson will be one of them.

After the rebuttal, Judge Kern Reese could take several hours, or a couple of days, to rule as to whether Benson is competent or not.

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