The Barry Bonds perjury and obstruction of justice trial enters its second week and will be headlined by the testimony of Bonds' former girlfriend Kimberly Bell. Week one saw three witnesses called including Jeff Novitzky, Steve Hoskins and Dr. Larry Bowers. Novitzky and Bowers were relatively tame, while Hoskins was a veritable train wreck of a witness. While the government was able to provide some solid evidence, it was killed at times by Hoskins self-destruction under cross-examination.
This week, the released list of expected witnesses includes:
Bell is likely going to be the highlight (or lowlight) of the week as testifies regarding her ten year relationship with Bonds from 1994 to 2003. She will testify that she and Bonds maintained a long-term intimate relationship, that he exhibited controlling behavior throughout the relationship, and he gave her large amounts of cash and provided her with detailed instructions on how to deposit the cash in order to avoid financial institution reporting requirements. She will testify that Bonds told her that he was taking steroids prior to the 2000 Major League Baseball season.
Ms. Bell will further testify to personal observations regarding changes Bonds' body during the period of time beginning in the year 1999, including bloating, acne on the shoulders and back, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, and testicular shrinkage. She will also testify about changes in his temperament, including an increase in angry, threatening, controlling, and violent behavior. Bell will also identify 11 voicemail messages where the defendant exhibited such behavior, identified as government exhibits 55-65. She will also testify regarding photographs of the defendant contained within government exhibits 46-54. Ms. Bell will further testify to occasions in which she saw the defendant and Greg Anderson together.