The jury in the Barry Bonds perjury trial deliberated for a third day today without reaching a verdict.
The panel of eight women and four men made no requests of Judge Susan Illston, who presided over the trial in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The jury began work shortly after 8:30 a.m., took a lunch break and worked until about 3:15 p.m.
Bonds, the former Giants star and baseball’s home run champion, is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. He is accused of lying under oath to the grand jury that investigated steroid dealing at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative in Burlingame. He said he had never knowingly used banned drugs.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The jury got the case on Friday. Since then, the panel has come back into court to listen to a tape of Bonds’ trainer discussing the banned drugs he said he was supplying Bonds, and a read-back of testimony by Bonds’ former personal shopper, who said she saw the trainer give Bonds an injection.