posted on Oct, 1 2004 @ 09:40 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge on Friday declared Steve Williams -- the man who ended up with Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball -- the lawful owner, freeing
him to sell it immediately.
San Francisco County Superior Court judge Ronald Quidachay's decision came after a 90-minute hearing, which included six lawyers repeatedly replaying
footage of the home run and the 80-second melee at SBC Park for the ball, valued by analysts at more than $100,000.
"I'm going to sell it as soon as possible," Williams, a 26-year-old mortgage broker assistant from Pacifica, told reporters after the hearing.
Timothy Murphy, a 40-year-old from San Mateo, sued Williams this week, saying he rightfully owned the ball because he had it locked behind his knees
while at the bottom of a scrum before Williams swiped it.
Murphy declined comment afterward.
"You just haven't had sufficient evidence," the judge said.
Murphy was trying to get the judge to block Williams from selling the ball. That would allow a trial in a bid by Murphy to win the ball outright and
sell it himself.
Although the judge said he didn't think there was enough evidence for Murphy to prevail at trial, Murphy's attorney, David Kornbluh, said he may still
continue with the lawsuit and sue Williams for the ball's proceeds.
"This doesn't conclude the litigation," Kornbluh said after the hearing.