The jury for the fraud trial of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is now down to 18 and growing smaller.
The shortfall comes after prosecutors indicated that jurors may find her not guilty, since a probable violation of fraud law was not brought forth.
The inventor of the blood-testing device at the center of the case, Mary Zhang, in January said she wasn’t “mad about anything” after being found guilty in the case. She is free on bond.
Holmes and former advisor Josef Woodman are scheduled to begin their testimony on Wednesday, but some inside court watchers expect a hung jury by the end of the week.
Judge David Fuhry told CNN affiliate KCAL9 in June that “hopefully everyone will come home” from vacation and “some of the jurors will come back” as the trial progresses.
Holmes’ lawyer, Paul Ryan, said in a statement on Tuesday: “We are optimistic that on the 15th the jury will be sequestered and it will be announced that the case has been won.”
The hearing is set to take place in San Diego and end Friday morning.