Lawyers in defamation proceedings Alex Jones on Friday agreed not to return him to the stand until next week after a contentious day of testimony Thursday about his promotion of the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

Jones’ attorney, Norm Pattis, told the judge he would waive his right to cross-examine Jones and instead call him again as a defense witness next week.

“We think it will streamline the process, lower the temperature and help the jury focus on what they need to decide,” Pattis said.

On the first day of testimony on Thursday, Jones got into a heated argument with plaintiff attorney Christopher Mattei, accusing the attorney of “chasing an ambulance” and saying he was done apologizing for claiming the shooting was staged. In recent years, Jones has acknowledged that the mass killing happened, but says the families of the victims are being used to push the agenda of gun control and free speech.

Outside the courtroom and on his Infowars show, Jones called the trial a “show trial” and a “kangaroo court” and called Judge Barbara Bellis a tyrant, posting a picture of her with lasers shooting from her eyes.

Jones was still complaining about the case and the restrictions on what he can say outside the courthouse Friday.

“Basically, it would be like a boxing match where one guy has his hands tied behind his back and a gag in his mouth,” he said. “So it’s completely rigged. This is an absolute fraud.”

Infowars host Alex Jones’ defamation trial continued Wednesday in Austin, Texas, with Jones admitting the Sandy Hook shooting was “100 percent real.”

Twenty children and six teachers died in a shooting nearly a decade ago in Newtown, Connecticut. The plaintiffs in this action, which takes place approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) from us in Waterbury, include relatives of the eight victims and an FBI agent who responded to the massacre.

The trial continued on Friday with the participation of other witnesses.

Jones was found liable last year by default for damages to the plaintiffs without trial, as a result of what a judge called his repeated refusals to turn over documents to their attorneys. A six-member jury is now deciding how much Jones and Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Jones’s Infowars, should pay the families for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Pettis argues that any damages should be limited and accuses the victims’ relatives of exaggerating the damage caused by the lies.

Bellis ordered Jones not to mention certain topics in his testimony, including free speech rights, the percentage of Jones’ shows that discussed Sandy Hook and whether he profited from those shows or a similar case in Texas.

A jury in the case last month in Austin, Texas, ordered Jones to pay nearly $50 million in damages to the parents of one of the children killed in the shooting. A third trial in Texas is expected to begin near the end of the year.

Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed to this report from Waterbury.

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