Kimberly Bell, the former girlfriend of Barry Bonds testified today, that Bonds spoke of taking steroids. This would refute the testimony Bonds gave to a grand jury in 2003 that he didn’t know he was taking steroids.
Bell’s testimony could be a key, to whether Bonds is convicted of perjury before the grand jury in 2003. However, it depends on how much weight the jury places on her testimony, whether it affects the outcome of the trial.
I am sure the defense attorneys will do whatever it takes to impugn the testimony of Bell. Right now she is the prosecutor’s main witness, unless they have some surprise witnesses that may called before the trial is over.
There is a plethora of circumstancial evidence against Bonds, but very little if any concrete evidence that he took steroids.
His chances of getting an acquittal greatly improved with the refusal to testify by his former trainer, Greg Anderson. Anderson has spent time in prison in the past for his refusal to testify. It is possible Anderson is refusing to testify to not keep Bonds from going to prison, but to prevent from being charged with criminal offenses himself.
That raises questions as to why he would refuse to testify, while Bonds has been able to walk free. If he walks free this time again this time, it would not be a huge surprise.
Bonds exhibited every symptom of steroids use with his shoe size increasing from 10 1/2 to 13. His cap size also increased. He exhibited the anger that usually goes with steroids use by these statements to Kimberly Bell:
“He was just increasingly aggressive, irritable, agitated, very impatient, almost violent,” Bell said.
Asked by prosecutor Jeff Nedrow what Bonds would tell her, she replied, “That he would cut my head off and leave me in a ditch.”
She testified that Bonds mode those threats more than once, and also said, “That he would cut off my breast implants because he paid for them.”
It remains to be seen whether the prosecution has a smoking gun, that could send Bonds to prison. This couldn’t have been a good day for Bonds, to hear his ex-girlfriend tell the courtroom that he admitted to her, that he was taking steroids.