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Bahamas judge denies bail request in Travolta case



In incremental legal doings, Bahamian Magistrate Carolita Bethel refused on Wednesday to lower the bail requirement for ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne, who accused of trying to extort $25 million from actor John Travolta following his son Jett's death, the AP reports.

Lightbourne, one of the paramedics who tried to revive the 16-year-old, has been held since Jan. 23 on charges of attempted extortion and conspiracy to extort money. Bethel said he could apply again next month to reduce his $50,000 bail requirement if it still has not been met.

Lightbourne and former Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater allegedly demanded the money in exchange for suppressing a document related to the treatment of the celebrity's son, who died on Jan. 2 after he suffered a seizure at a family vacation home. According to police, the document would have released emergency responders from liability if the family refused an ambulance. That did not happen in Jett's case, they said.

It not clear why the pair allegedly believed the Travoltas would pay to keep the document from being released. Another hearing was scheduled for April 16.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]


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