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In Barry Bonds's wake, a trail of broken lives

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Bonds's defense team rested Wednesday without calling a witness, meaning closing arguments will be Thursday and the jury could render a verdict Friday. Also Wednesday, prosecutors dropped a fourth charge of perjury against Bonds because US District Judge Susan Illston was prepared to dismiss it.

The former mistress

During their 2-1/2 weeks of calling witnesses, prosecutors called Bonds’s former mistress, Kimberly Bell, to testify about physical and emotional changes in Bonds that, they say, point to steroid use. In one instance, Ms. Bell said, Bonds attributed an injury to steroid use.

Bell said she has no intention of becoming the next Mrs. Bonds when the two met in 1994 and started dating.

“He was a handsome guy. He was charming and I was attracted to him,” Bell testified on Monday.

Yet when Bonds told her in 1997 that he would marry another woman, she said she was “shocked,” “upset,” and “blindsided” by the news.

Still, she continued seeing Bonds because “I just didn’t think he was going to go through with the marriage.”

When Bonds did get married, she settled for the role of “road-trip girlfriend,” seeing him while the Giants played away games.

Bonds bought her cars, took her on trips, paid for crowns in her teeth and breast implants, gave her shopping money, and even provided money for a down payment on a house in Arizona.

But she also described changes in Bonds as time went on, like hair loss, increased muscle mass, and bloating, all of which might indicate the use of steroids.

There were also changes in his character, she testified, when he became increasingly hostile, irritable, and aggressive.

Near the end of their relationship in 2003, it got so bad that he threatened to cut off her head, throw her in a ditch and remove her breast implants “because he paid for them.”

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