John Travolta Extortion Trial to Begin

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One of the first and most heart-wrenching of the year's celebrity deaths was Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

Thanks to the alleged $25 million extortion plot against the Travolta family, the details of the teenager's tragic death will now be rehashed in court.

John Travolta at Katsuya

Former Bahamian Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater and ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne will stand trial in proceedings expected to last 2-3 weeks.

John Travolta may also be making a cameo appearance, perhaps as soon as this week, as his name tops the 14-person list of potential witnesses.

Testimony in the Jett Travolta extortion case is expected to start tomorrow.

Bridgewater and Lightbourne have both pleaded not guilty to extortion counts after they allegedly threatened to release a refusal-to-transport document.

Such a document is typically signed when emergency medical services are refused by a person's legal guardian, thus clearing the responders of liability.

However, the Travoltas never signed such a document, making the alleged attempt at extorting the family all the weaker, not to mention straight up evil.

Lightbourne's attorneys say they've met with resistance from the attorney general since requesting access to materials and pieces of evidence last month.

Jett Travolta died suddenly on January 2 after suffering a seizure.

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Jett Travolta Biography

Jett Travolta was the son of actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston. Jett died tragically on January 2, 2009, at the age of 16.... More »
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