LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a contentious day of lawyers sparring with prospective jurors in O.J. Simpson's kidnapping-robbery trial Wednesday, the judge said it appeared a jury would be seated by Friday or earlier.

"The end is near, folks!" Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass announced to the remaining weary prospects who must be questioned before lawyers begin exercising challenges and choosing the final panel.

"There are people who thought it would take weeks to pick a jury," the judge said. "It will take only a week, maybe less."