The Western Cape High Court has dismissed a request by Henri van Breda's legal team to change the order of the defence's witnesses.
Van Breda's lawyer, Pieter Botha, sought a court application allowing him to call his client to take the stand following the testimony of his expert witnesses.
Judge Siraj Desai says that the defence has not given convincing reasons as to why the order of testimonies should be changed.
The Criminal Procedures Act, however, stipulates that an accused has to testify first, before other witnesses.
Desai says that if his lawyer decides to call his client to the witness stand at a later stage, the court will draw inferences on Van Breda's conduct.
Botha has told the court that his client will not be giving evidence.
The court has thus far heard, through the prosecution’s witnesses, that the crime scene was most likely staged following blood splatter analysis which was gathered after the incident in 2015.
The defence will try to push for their argument that a masked assailant entered the secure De Zalze home to exact the brutal murders for, as yet, unclear reasons.