Prosecution likely set to rest case in Bonds trial

Prosecution likely set to rest case in Bonds trial

Prosecution likely set to rest case in Bonds trial
SAN FRANCISCO -- The prosecution is wrapping up its witness list and is expected to rest its case as early as Monday in the federal trial charging Barry Bonds with giving false testimony to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) grand jury in 2003.

The first two weeks of the trial of baseball's all-time home run leader have included testimony from Bonds' former business manager, his former mistress, one current and three former Major League players, three federal agents and 10 scientists. The Giants' equipment manager and the trainer for the team during the time in question took the stand, as did Bonds' surgeon.

And then there was testimony Thursday from his former personal shopper, who said she wanted nothing to do with the case from the beginning but provided the only eyewitness account of Bonds being injected in the abdomen -- where one could receive an injection of human-growth hormone -- by trainer Greg Anderson.

With Kathy Hoskins' riveting and emotional testimony entered into the record, the prosecution has called Dr. Don Catlin, the founder of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory known as the "father of drug-testing in sports," to conclude its line of witnesses. Court went into recess for the weekend Thursday with Catlin in the course of direct examination from the government.

The prosecution, led by U.S. Assistant District Attorneys Matthew Parrella and Jeffrey Nedrow, has called 23 witnesses and, following Catlin's testimony, is expected to have Bonds' grand-jury testimony read to the trial jury before closing its case. The defense is not expected to produce nearly as many witnesses and may rest its own case quickly, according to several reports. The trial, before Judge Susan Illston in Courtroom 10 of the Phillip Burton Federal Building, was expected to last 3-4 weeks.

Bonds, a seven-time Most Valuable Player in 22 seasons with the Pirates and Giants, is standing trial on four counts of giving false testimony to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice.

His defense team, led by Allen Ruby and Cristina Arguedas, has vigorously cross-examined key government witnesses, including Steve Hoskins, the childhood friend who later managed some of Bonds' business ventures, and Kimberly Bell, the player's mistress of nine years. Testimony from Dr. Arthur Ting, Bonds' surgeon, impeached Hoskins' testimony on several issues, from the number of times they spoke about steroids (Hoskins said about 50; Ting said one) to whether they'd discussed Bonds' 1999 elbow injury being attributable to steroid use (Hoskins said they had; Ting said they had not).

Earlier in the week, current Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi and former Major Leaguers Jeremy Giambi, Marvin Benard and Randy Velarde all testified that they received performance-enhancing drugs from Anderson, who's currently incarcerated for refusing to testify in the case. Jason Giambi said an initial blood test Anderson ran for him showed the presence of Deca-Durabolin, a steroid, before he used "the clear" and "the cream" -- the synthetic steroid THG and testosterone cream, respectively, that were at the center of the BALCO investigation. Jeremy Giambi admitted to using Nandrolone, in addition to the synthetic steroids Anderson sold him. Benard said he used veterinary-grade "Deca" he acquired in Mexico while playing winter ball, and that Anderson provided him better steroids before supplying him with the clear and the cream. And Velarde admitted to having Anderson inject him with human-growth hormone upon meeting him in various parking lots in the Phoenix area during Spring Training.

Out of all of it, Kathy Hoskins' testimony is the only eyewitness account that Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs. She has known Bonds since they were children and even took him to the Sadie Hawkins dance when they were freshmen in high school. She was tasked with packing his bags before road trips in 2002, and testified to seeing Anderson inject Bonds while she was in Bonds' bedroom packing for him.

"Greg shot him in the belly button," Kathy Hoskins testified, saying it was a "regular, normal-sized syringe," which evidence also has shown to be consistent with an HGH injection. Also, she testified Bonds told her, "That's a little something-something before I go on the road. You can't detect it. You can't catch it."

Count Two of the indictment in this case specifies that Bonds gave false statements to the grand jury when he testified that no one other than a physician ever had injected him before, either to take something out or put something in.

"But no other individuals like Mr. Anderson or any of his associates?" he was asked.

Bonds responded, "No, no."

John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.