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Jury in Barry Bonds case returns with possible verdict [Updated]

April 13, 2011 |  1:48 pm

Barry Bonds

The federal jury in Barry Bonds' perjury trial has returned to court with a possible verdict. The panel of eight women and four men, which has been deliberating since Friday, will convene in the San Francisco courtroom in the next few minutes. Bond is also in the courtroom. [Updated at 2:28 p.m.: Various media reports from inside the courtroom say that the jury has reached a verdict on one of four counts against Bonds.]

The former San Francisco Giants slugger is charged with four federal felony counts for denying under oath in 2003 that he had knowingly used steroids or human growth hormones and for maintaining that his personal trainer had never injected him.

A conviction could lead to a lengthy prison sentence or home confinement and affect whether Bonds is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 2007, Bonds surpassed Hank Aaron's record for career home runs, considered the most hallowed record in major-league baseball.

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-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco

Photo: Barry Bonds arrives at the federal court San Francisco in Wednesday. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press

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