Day three of the federal criminal trial of Barry Bonds concluded with major prosecution witnesses planting seeds that may actually bear fruit. Former friend and business partner of Bonds, Steve Hoskins told jurors about a secret tape recording of a conversation he had with the Bonds’ loyalist, Greg Anderson, the slugger’s former trainer.
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Hoskins said he decided to tape Anderson because he was ready to bring it to Bobby Bonds, the slugger’s father who maintained a belief that his son was breaking homerun records without performance enhancing substances. He made it “to show Bobby actually what really was going on. That was the only way to prove it to him,” Hoskins said.
In it, Anderson openly discusses the injection technique he used. “Anderson described his technique for injecting Bonds in different parts of his anatomy without causing the abscesses and infections that are common in steroid use.”
Bonds’ former business associate testified that he used to see Anderson and Bonds emerging from his private bedroom during spring training with Anderson handling syringes. He saw it during the years 200-2003, prior to the grand jury testimony that is now at issue.
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Prior to Steve Hoskins’ time on the stand, Agent Jeff Novitsky concluded his testimony under cross examination by the defense team. He had given jurors a lively review of how he obtained much of the evidence in the early stages of the BALCO investigation and it wasn’t pretty.
He would sort through trash bins at night and wade through human waste, blood and other creepy things to get to documents and other substances that would indicate that the steroids lab was distributing illegal drugs. After that recitation, he testified that Bonds’ lies “absolutely” impeded the BALCO investigation.
That is important to document in an obstruction and perjury case in addition to facts that demonstrate the lie was a “material” factor in holding the case back. Agent Novitsky said ” “Mr. Bonds’ testimony was inconsistent with the facts that had been gathered to that point. We had to take a look at other testimony that was provided that was contrary to Mr. Bonds.”
In the on deck circle are Dr. Arthur Ting, personal physician to Bonds and Kathy Hoskins, sister of Steve and former personal assistant to the former San Francisco Giant. Hoskins will testify she watched Anderson inject his client with full kinowledge of her boss who said, “Don’t worry, she’s my girl.”
Last but not least is Kimberly Bell, Bonds’ mistress of many years. She is expected to tell the courtroom about Bonds’ sexual decline and describe how his body changed during his steroid regimes. Very personal information is expected to be aired during her testimony and you know the courtroom will be packed for that event.