Barry Bonds’ jury listened intently to a recording of trainer Greg Anderson describing the banned drugs he said he was providing to the former Giants star in 2003.
After that, the panel asked federal Judge Susan Illston for a reading of the testimony of former personal shopper Kathy Hoskins, who said she saw Anderson inject Bonds in the abdomen in 2002.
The jury of eight women and four men finished their full first day of deliberations Friday in Bonds’ trial on perjury charges without reaching a verdict. They said they would return Monday.
Also Friday, Bonds’ trainer was freed from the federal prison where he was held since the trial began. Anderson refused to testify for prosecutors, who said they wanted to ask him about the banned drugs they say he was providing to Bonds.
Judge Illston imprisoned him for contempt of court – the third time that has occurred since the federal probe of Bonds began. After the jury began deliberating, the judge ordered the trainer freed because it was no longer possible for him to testify even if he changed his mind.
Bonds is charged with four felonies. He is accused of lying under oath to the federal grand jury that investigated steroid dealing at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative in Burlingame in 2003. He testified that he had never knowingly used banned drugs, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Early Friday, the jury asked the judge if they could listen to the Anderson recording, which was first played for them during testimony. It was made in the Giants’ clubhouse early in the 2003 season by Steve Hoskins, Bonds’ former business manager. On the recording, Anderson, who is unaware he is being recorded, seemingly acknowledges giving Bonds steroid injections. At another point, he describes undetectable drugs that he says he is providing the Giants star.
Bonds’ lawyers urged the jury to ignore the recording, arguing that it was unreliable evidence because it was made by Hoskins. The defense claimed the business manager made the recording so he could extort money from Bonds. Hoskins testified he made it as part of an effort to get Bonds off drugs.
Late in the day the jury asked for the read-back of the testimony of Hoskins’ sister, Kathy Hoskins. She said that while packing Bonds’ clothes before a Giants road trip in 2002, Anderson came into Bonds’ bedroom and gave the slugger an injection. Bonds described the injection as “a little something, something for the road,” she said.
The defense has urged the jury not to credit the testimony, suggesting Kathy Hoskins had been influenced to lie by her brother. The judge said the reading would be done Monday.