Barry Bonds jury enters fourth day
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jury deliberations in the Barry Bonds perjury case have stretched well into their fourth day.
The eight women and four men on the panel returned to a federal courthouse in San Francisco just after 8:30 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday and continued their work all morning, breaking briefly for lunch. The panel has worked behind closed doors since rehearing some testimony early Monday.
Follow the trial
ESPN.com's Mark Fainaru-Wada will tweet live from the courtroom during the Barry Bonds sentencing. Follow along with our up-to-the-minute Twitter coverage.
Bonds and his defense team waited for a verdict in a lawyers lounge at the courthouse.
The seven-time MVP is charged with three counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003 and one count of obstruction.
Prosecutors allege that Bonds lied when he denied knowingly taking steroids and human growth hormone. A third count of making a false statement charges that Bonds lied when he said no one other than his doctor ever injected him with anything.
The fourth count is obstruction of justice, which alleges that MLB's all-time home runs leader hindered the grand jury's sports doping investigation by lying.
Bonds' case is the culmination of a federal investigation that began in 2002 into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which distributed performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.
Ten people have been convicted in connection with the BALCO probe but only two, cyclist Tammy Thomas and track coach Trevor Graham, chose to push their cases to trial. The Bonds jury has deliberated longer than either of those panels, neither of which convicted the defendants on all counts. Thomas was convicted on four charges and acquitted on two. Graham, meanwhile, was convicted on one charge of lying to federal investigators but the jury could not reach a verdict on two other counts.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Sources: Padres keep dealing, get J. Upton
- Yankees trade Prado to Miami, get P Eovaldi
- Giants fill Sandoval hole, trade for McGehee
- Report: Dodgers pass Yanks in owing most tax
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
BARRY BONDS TRIAL
Barry Bonds is on trial for perjury and obstruction of justice, charged with lying when he told a federal grand jury that he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.
News• Feds deciding whether to try Bonds again
• Barry Bonds found guilty of obstruction
• Bonds jury enters fourth day
• Jury deliberates for third day
• What the jury wasn't told
• Prosecutors, defense offer closing arguments
• Charge dropped; Bonds' defense rests
• Judge rules jury can't hear audio tape
• Ex-aide says she saw trainer inject Bonds
• MLB keeps its distance from trial
• Velarde says he got HGH from Bonds' trainer
• Conte: Bonds saw team trainers as 'spies'
• Bonds' ex-mistress takes the stand
• Bonds' estranged friend testifies
• Witness: Trainer seen with syringe
• Defense: Bonds unaware he used steroids
• At long last, the Bonds trial is set to start
• Bonds' trainer a key, but quiet, figure
• Five factors that could determine the outcome
• Barry Bonds perjury trial cast of characters
• Troy Ellerman discusses BALCO leaks
• Judge bars Bonds voicemails from evidence
• Judge grants access to juror info in case
• Bonds pleads not guilty again to charges
• Judge unseals Bonds testimony | Read it (pdf)
Analysis• The game is shamed by the Bonds verdict
• Barry Bonds trial reveals ease of PEDs
• In the end, Barry Bonds hurt himself
• Courtroom bubble shields Bonds jury
• Saving best for last in Barry Bonds trial
• Last, best hope in convicting Bonds
• Two surprises that could affect trial
• Defense putting them through the motions
• Prosecution swings and misses on Day 6
• Former mistress Kimberly Bell holds up
• Second week may be brutal for Bonds
• Handicapping the Bonds witnesses
• Munson: Questions to jurors hint at strategies
• Bonds' personality will save him in trial
ESPN Video• Roger Cossack on Bonds verdict
• Bonds attorney speaks about verdict
• Why is Anderson protecting Bonds?
• How the opening statements went
• Barry Bonds perjury trial begins
• Barry Bonds pleads not guilty
• OTL: Attorney breaks silence
• 2003 Greg Anderson recording
• Judge allows audio tape