Novitzky received the evidence approximately six months after he first met with McNamee and informed him that he wanted to talk to him about his role in the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs. The transfer of evidence took place about a month before the House committee hearing was held.Along with identifying the numerous items via photos, Novitzky identified the materials that were packaged by him and other agents sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the independent Forensic Science Associates laboratory for testing, including testing for DNA. Novitzky testified the items included needles, syringes, vials of serotonin (a type of human growth hormone) and Deca durobulin (a brand of the steroid nandrolone), and an empty ampoule (or small glass tube which is typically broken to access the fluid inside) of the steroid Primobolan. The materials also included three cotton balls that appeared to be stained. The government intends to show that the physical evidence was determined in testing to include steroids as well as Clemens' DNA. The defense pointed out in its opening statement -- which is not considered evidence -- that the medical waste also included McNamee's DNA, and accused McNamee of manipulating the evidence. Hardin started his cross-examination of Novitzky by establishing a timeline of events that led the federal agent to learn about McNamee via Kirk Radomski, a former Mets clubhouse attendant who pleaded guilty to distribution of steroids, HGH and other drugs in 2007. Radomski was charged and reached a plea bargain for his cooperation with authorities, but Novitzky testified that McNamee was not a target of his investigation but rather was sought as a cooperating witness. McNamee has not been charged with a crime. Despite Hardin's attempts to get him to say otherwise as the attorney and witness often sparred over semantics of the questions, Novitzky said Clemens was not a target, either. Saying that Novitzky had referred to McNamee on many occasions as the personal trainer to Clemens and Andy Petttitte, Hardin tried to take that a step further. "Would it be a fair statement that you considered that evidence against Roger Clemens?" Hardin asked. "No," Novitzky responded, saying that he only saw McNamee's job as connecting him to Clemens. Hardin also asked Novitzky at length about mailing labels introduced into evidence by the government that Radomski said he found in the summer of 2008 -- more than two years after a search warrant drafted by Novitzky was executed by federal law enforcement agents, including Novitzky. Among the mailing labels, which Radomski said he found under a television set, was one addressed to McNamee at Clemens' home address in Houston. Hardin listed items such as car repair statements, bank statements and phone bills that were seized in the Dec. 14, 2005, search, along with other types of mailing labels. "Somehow you did not find this one [mailing label addressed to McNamee at Clemens' house] that Mr. Radomski produced?" Hardin asked. "Correct," Novitzky answered. Durham was conducting his redirect examination of Novitzky when court recessed for the week. It will reconvene Monday morning with the final questions to Novitzky, which Durham said will be followed by direct testimony from FBI agent John Longmire, the lead agent who has gathered much of the evidence against Clemens for this trial.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.