Bonds’ trainer freed as jury de­lib­er­ates

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SAN FRAN­CISCO: Barry Bonds’ per­sonal trainer was or­dered re­leased from prison on Fri­day af­ter be­ing be­hind bars for more than two weeks for re­fus­ing to tes­tify in the famed slug­ger’s per­jury trial.

The or­der came about two hours af­ter a fed­eral jury be­gan de­lib­er­at­ing the fate of the US home run king, who is charged with ly­ing to a grand jury in­ves­ti­gat­ing steroids in 2003.

Trainer Greg An­der­son has con­sis­tently re­fused to tes­tify about Bonds and steroids through­out the gov­ern­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and as a re­sult has spent more than a year in to­tal in fed­eral prison. His lat­est spell in jail be­gan on March 22, as Bonds’ trial was get­ting un­der­way.

Dur­ing six hours of de­lib­er­a­tions on Fri­day, the jury of eight women and four men re­quested to re­view two key pieces of ev­i­dence.

Ju­rors lis­tened in­tently as the tape was played back in court, with one woman tak­ing notes.

Ju­rors also wanted to re­view the en­tire tes­ti­mony of Kathy Hoskins, Bonds’ for­mer per­sonal shopper and the only wit­ness to say she saw An­der­son in­ject Bonds. The ju­rors were re­leased on Fri­day evening for the week­end and will re­turn to con­tinue de­lib­er­at­ing on Mon­day.

Bonds is charged with three counts of per­jury and one count of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice in con­nec­tion with his 2003 grand jury tes­ti­mony.

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