Barry Bonds Pleads Not Guilty

Former San Francisco Giants baseball player Barry Bonds arrives at the federal courthouse in San Francisco, Calif., Friday, June 6, 2008. Bonds pleaded not guilty to 15 felony charges of lying to a federal grand jury about his performance-enhancing drug use. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) AP PHOTO

Barry Bonds renewed his claims of innocence Friday, pleading not guilty to 15 federal charges of lying to a grand jury about his performance-enhancing drug use.

Baseball's home run king pleaded not guilty to similar accusations last December, but a judge ordered prosecutors to rewrite the indictment. The new indictment includes no new allegations.

Bonds was re-arraigned Friday on 15 felony counts of lying under oath. Prosecutors say he lied when he told a grand jury investigating BALCO in 2003 that he never knowingly took steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.

Dressed in a black suit, Bonds said nothing during the five-minute arraignment. His attorney Allen Ruby pleaded not guilty on the slugger's behalf, and Bonds embraced his aunt Rosie Kreidler after the hearing.

"The reason that I am here is because his father is deceased," said Kreidler, sister to Bonds' father Bobby Bonds. "This is such a tremendous blow to his family. It is so much on us. He's a great person. We are all praying for him."

Bonds, who arrived in a black SUV with his attorney and a couple bodyguards, was scheduled to attend a second federal court hearing later Friday during which a trial date may be set.
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