The state rested its case Sunday afternoon in the second-degree murder trial of suspected serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory.

Guillory’s lead attorney, Franz Borghardt, told state District Judge Tony Marabella that the 45-year-old Guillory will not testify.

Borghardt also indicated the defense will rest its case when court reconvenes at 4 p.m.

The jury is expected to begin its deliberations Sunday evening.

Guillory is standing trial in the 2002 strangulation of Renee Newman, 46, of Baton Rouge.

A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.

Guillory was arrested in December 2009 and booked in the deaths of Newman, Florida Edwards and Sylvia Cobb, both 36 and of Baton Rouge.

Edwards was killed in 1999. Cobb was slain in 2001.