Bonds trial jurors head to 4th day of deliberations

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 13 2011 03:44 PM | Updated as of Apr 13 2011 11:44 PM

SAN FRANCISCO – Jurors in the Barry Bonds perjury case ended their third day of deliberations with no verdict Tuesday.

Bonds is on trial on three felony counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a 2003 grand jury investigating steroids.

Prosecutors say the US home run king lied when he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs and when he said no one but his personal doctors had ever injected him.

Jurors began deliberations last Friday, emerging twice to request reviews of key evidence.

The jury of eight men and women, including a legal student and an autism specialist, arrived again by 8:30 Tuesday morning and retreated into their deliberations room on the 19th floor of the federal courthouse in San Francisco.

Bonds entered the courthouse roughly 40 minutes later, wearing a light blue shirt and yellow tie.

Just before 3:30 p.m. (22:30 GMT), the jury announced it was going home for the day.

To reach a decision in the high-profile case, jurors must reconcile three weeks of often-conflicting testimony from 25 witnesses to reach a unanimous decision on all four counts.

They must decide whether Bonds' ex-personal shopper, Kathy Hoskins, was telling the truth about seeing the famed slugger's trainer inject him in the navel as she packed clothes in his bedroom in 2002.

Or they could choose to believe Bonds' orthopedic surgeon who swears Bonds is squeamish about needles and could never receive an injection without Novocain.

Jurors must also weigh Doctor Arthur Ting's testimony against another key government witness, Steve Hoskins, the estranged business partner of Bonds and sister to Kathy Hoskins.

Steve Hoskins maintained Ting told him Bonds had injured his elbow as a result of steroid use and advised him to get the ballplayer off the drugs. Ting denied he ever discussed Bonds and steroids with Hoskins.

Deliberations will resume Wednesday morning.