Friday’s proceedings began with Ms Maxwell’s defence asking to keep its case open until Monday to call a final witness.
The witness was not named but is 81 years old.
The defence had originally submitted a list of 35 witnesses, but it appears only a handful of those will actually take the stand.
Three witnesses testified on Thursday, including Ms Maxwell’s former assistant Cimberly Espinosa, and “false memory” expert Dr Elizabeth Loftus.
Stay up-to-date on our coverage from Thursday here.
The defense team has made no indication that Maxwell will take the stand in her own defense, but Judge Nathan said Thursday she intends to inform her of her right to do so today.
Maxwell’s team said Thursday they intend to call a trio of women — Eva, Michelle and Kelly — before the end of the trial, but Judge Nathan has not made a public ruling on if she’ll allow their testimoney.
Ms Menninger told Judge Alison Nathan on day 12 of the socialite’s sex trafficking trial they were struggling to find a witness named Kelly who they had issued a subpoena to testify.
According to the Independent, Menninger “begged” the judge for more time to locate witnesses, Ms Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger pleaded: “Our client’s life is on the line.”
“I understand that your honour runs a tight ship. We are flying people across the country, across the pond, our client’s life is on the line and we are given only a half a day to put on a witness.”
Prosecutor Maurene Comey said the defence had ample time to arrange their witnesses during a five day break in the trial.
“We strongly disagree with the suggestion that the defence counsel has been unduly rushed here.”
Judge Nathan said she would not allow a delay in the defence case to wait for more witnesses to be found, including one who could only fly in from the U.K. on Monday.
“I have a rule, you have your next witness or you rest”