April 12, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO (APCSN) -- The jurors in the federal trial of Barry Bonds concluded a third day of deliberations Tuesday without reaching a verdict. They finished for the day shortly before 3:30 p.m. Four charges are pending against Bonds.
Several jurors left the courtroom area for a lunch break at noon Tuesday. Jurors told U.S. District Judge Susan Illston last Thursday that they wanted to keep to the same trial schedule during deliberations, which means lunch lasts for 30 minutes and they break for the day at 3:30 p.m.
Bonds arrived at the courthouse shortly after 9 a.m. As the defendant, Bonds does not have to be present until a verdict is reached. It was not known why he was present Tuesday.
The jury failed to decide the matter after deliberating all day Friday and Monday.
Bonds 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 alleges that Bonds lied when he said that no one other than his doctor ever injected him with anything.
The fourth charge is a catchall count of obstruction, which alleges that MLB's all-time home runs leader hindered the grand jury's sports doping investigation by lying.