A prosecutor told the court in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial on Friday that the defence may rest early next week.
That would end the defence case in less than half the time the pop star's attorneys had initially said they would need.
Defence attorneys did not contradict the statement but did not comment on it.
Prosecutor Ron Zonen revealed the schedule change in the course of requesting that the defence rapidly turn over materials related to the testimony of Jackson's former attorney Mark Geragos.
The defence had said at the outset that they would need about six weeks or possibly up to eight weeks to present their case, which began May 5.
A list of more than three-hundred possible defence witnesses that was submitted included such celebrities as Kobe Bryant, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross and Jay Leno.
Jackson's attorneys presented a rapid succession of witnesses who supported Jackson's claim that he did not molest a 13-year-old boy and that there was no a conspiracy to hold the boy's family captive.
Jackson is accused of molesting the boy in February or March 2003, plying him with wine and conspiring to hold the boy's family captive.
Prosecutors claim the conspiracy was intended to get the family to make a video rebutting a TV documentary in which the accuser appeared with Jackson, who told an interviewer he let children sleep in his bed but that it was non-sexual.