Prosecutors Trim Barry Bonds Indictment

Trial set for March 21

By NBC Bay Area Sports
|  Friday, Feb 11, 2011  |  Updated 5:50 AM PDT
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Prosecutors Trim Barry Bonds Indictment

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Bonds' indictment for lying under oath about his use of performing enhancing drugs didn't stop the ex-Giants slugger from having a good time. Bonds' hometown crowd reportedly cheered as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Game 3.

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Federal prosecutors have cut the number of felony charges Barry Bonds faces from 11 to five.

In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors filed their third revised indictment against Bonds, who is scheduled to stand trial March 21.

In the new indictment, they reduced from nine to three the number of charges alleging Bonds lied under oath when he testified that he never knowingly took performance enhancing drugs.

He is still charged with perjury for telling the grand jury that no one other than his doctor ever stuck a needle in his body and a catch-all charge that he obstructed the grand jury's investigation into sports doping with his allegedly misleading testimony.

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