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DALLAS(CBSDFW.COM) – The defense rests, but the prosecution’s murder case against Delvecchio Patrick goes on because of a surprise witness.

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Defense attorneys were upset that when they finally got a chance to present their case, prosecutors had an additional witness. But they weren’t hiding her, it was news reports that brought her forward.

Jamie Hardaway was a jail nurse in April 2013, handing out medicine and talking to a capital murder suspect in a cell next to Delvecchio Patrick’s. The other prisoner tried to convince Hardaway he was not guilty.  She testified that Patrick then uttered a confession.

According to Hardaway, Patrick claimed he could do prison time in peace knowing he didn’t have to worry about ex-wife Deanna Cook anymore. But when called to the stand, the prisoner himself denied making the comment. Cook drowned in her bathtub in 2012. Her personal shortcomings were the focus of much of the defense case. Patrick’s stepfather wouldn’t let the woman in their house. He recalled an especially volatile phone call where he claimed she threatened the family.

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“At the end of our conversation there were three shots fired. Pow, pow, pow,” testified Allen Deal Hall, the defendant’s stepfather.

Earlier Thursday, witnesses testified Cook’s multiple mental issues and drug abuse led her to violence and risk-taking. A toxicologist claimed PCP found in her body could have been a factor in her death.

“It should be considered as a major contributor, I’d put it in that fashion,” testified toxicologist Dr. Gary Wimbish.”

There’s still some legal wrangling Friday, but the jury is expected to get the case. If convicted, the 38-year-old Patrick faces a possible life sentence.

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