SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds was found guilty of obstruction
of justice but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he specifically denied that he knowingly used steroids and human growth hormone.
Following a 12-day trial and almost four full days of deliberation, a jury could not reach a unanimous vote on three of four counts, a messy end to a case that put the slugger in the spotlight for more than three years.
Bonds sat stone-faced through the verdict, displaying no emotion.
The case also represented the culmination of the federal investigation into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroids ring.
Federal prosecutors and the Justice Department will have to decide whether to retry Bonds on the unresolved counts.
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