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Barry Bonds' federal perjury trial now in the hands of the jury

April 7, 2011 |  4:26 pm

The federal perjury trial of former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is now in the hands of the jury.

Closing arguments in the 12-day trial ended this afternoon. The jury was dismissed a short time later and will begin deliberations Friday morning.

Bonds, 46, faces a charge of obstruction of justice and three counts of lying under oath in his testimony before a federal grand jury in December 2003.

Bonds admitted to the grand jury that he used two substances identified as steroids but insisted that he thought they were flaxseed oil and arthritis cream. He also testified that he took various pills that Greg Anderson, his personal trainer, gave him and never asked what the pills contained.

Anderson was sent to jail at the start of the trial for refusing to testify.

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

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

--Maura Dolan in San Francisco