John Travolta and son Jett in 2005
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09/21/2009 at 07:00 PM EDT
John Travolta has traveled to the Bahamas and is prepared to be the first witness Tuesday in an extortion case linked to his 16-year-old son's death, a source tells PEOPLE.
The actor is staying at an exclusive gated community west of Nassau, the source says. This is believed to be Travolta's first visit to the Bahamas since Jett Travolta died
last January after suffering a seizure at the actor's vacation home on the island of Grand Bahama.
Paramedic Tarino Lightbourn and his attorney, former Bahamian Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, are accused of conspiring to extort $25 million from Travolta for a document relating to Jett's treatment. The pair have pleaded not guilty and are out on bond.
Supreme Court Judge Anita Allen swore in the six-woman, three-man jury Monday, with opening statements slated to begin Tuesday morning.
Travolta, who heads the 14-member witness list, was not among the four witnesses present in court during jury selection. But he is expected to testify
– and likely will have to recount the painful memories of Jett's death – since he filed the extortion complaint.
"If the prosecution doesn't call him, we will," Mary Bain, a lawyer representing Lightbourn, tells PEOPLE. "Of course, he's a key witness."