WASHINGTON (WFAN/AP) — The government is expected to finish its perjury case against former Yankees starter Roger Clemens on Tuesday, and the defense should begin its case.
The trial is entering its seventh week. Clemens’ lawyers say they will need seven or eight court days to put on their defense.
Prosecutors will “likely” call two more witnesses, MLB.com reported.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton excused a third juror, leaving just one alternate.
Walton told lawyers Tuesday that the juror won’t be able to return following the death of her mother last week. Two jurors previously were dismissed for sleeping.
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 when he denied using steroids or human growth hormone.
A government witness testified Friday that two cotton balls and a syringe needle — allegedly saved after a steroids injection — tested positive for Clemens’ DNA.
“Mr. Clemens is the likely source of that biology,” said Alan Keel of Forensic Science Associates.
Earlier in the trial, Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former strength and conditioning coach, said he had injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and with human growth hormone in 2000.
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