BALCO Investigator Finishes Testimony

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal investigator who headed up the probe that led to the Barry Bonds’ perjury case has finished testifying on day three of the slugger’s trial.

Jeff Novitzky is now an agent with the Food and Drug Administration, and on Wednesday he discussed which government officials created the transcripts of a recording made by Steve Hoskins, Bonds’ former business partner.

Hoskins took the witness stand after the agent’s testimony and was expected to testify extensively about the recording he made secretly of a conversation about steroids he had with Bonds’ former personal trainer, Greg Anderson.

Bonds is accused of lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he said did not knowingly take performance-enhancing drugs.

On Tuesday, Novitzky told the jury how back in 2002 he regularly searched the trash of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, best known as BALCO, for evidence of drug use back. BALCO was the headquarters of an international steroids ring that was broken up through investigators’ efforts.

Copyright Associated Press


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