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Jury rejects breach of contract suit against ex-baseball player by ex-girlfriend

April 15, 2011 | 10:21 am

Photo: Brian Giles. Credit: Major League Baseball A jury Friday rejected a breach of contract lawsuit filed against former Major League Baseball player Brian Giles by a former live-in girlfriend.

Cheri Olvera, 34, had claimed that Giles, 40, had violated the terms of an unsigned prenuptial contract to provide for her financially. The initial suit, filed in 2008, sought $10 million.

The trial, in the Vista branch of the San Diego Court Superior Court, featured testimony about the tumultuous relationship between the pair. They had planned to marry but the wedding was canceled.

Olvera is now engaged to former major-league player Chuck Knoblauch, who attended the trial.

The jury, in rejecting Olvera's claim, ordered her to return a $107,000 engagement ring given to her by Giles. At the request of Giles' attorneys, the judge refused to allow any testimony about alleged steroid use by Giles.

Giles, a native of El Cajon, played for 15 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres before retiring after the 2009 season. He reportedly earned more than $83 million during his baseball career.

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Photo: Brian Giles. Credit: Major League Baseball

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