Bonds trial to be held in March

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SAN FRANCISCO - Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds will stand trail for federal perjury charges on March 21, 2011, it was announced on Friday.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston agreed to the schedule proposed by both federal prosecutors and lawyers for Bonds. She also told both sides that they have to file lists of planned witnesses by October 15.

The 46-year-old slugger faces 11 felony charges of perjury and obstruction of justice after his 2003 testimony to the grand jury in the BALCO case. Bonds has pleaded not guilty.

Five defendants, including Bonds’ former trainer, Greg Anderson, and BALCO founder Victor Conte pleaded guilty to illegally distributing drugs through the lab.

His original trial date of Februrary 2009 was delayed when prosecutors appealed the judge’s ruling excluding evidence. Prosecutors lost that appeal, but have decided to go ahead with the trial.


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