First Jackson Accuser May Testify
03/22/2004 AT 01:40 PM EST
The expected testimony is part of a strategy by Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon to establish a pattern of behavior, according to the Santa Barbara News-Press, which cites sources close to the case.
Jackson, 45, stands accused in Santa Barbara County, Calif., of seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent, reportedly wine. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains free on $3 million bail pending trial.
Jurors for the new panel will be selected next week, said the News-Press. For the case to move into trial, 12 of the 19 grand jurors would have to find probable cause. If that doesn't happen, Sneddon could present his case directly to a judge for recommendation.
Besides the boy from the 1993 case, who is now reported to be 24 years old, others said to be subpoenaed include employees of Jackson's Neverland Ranch and those who testified in 1993.
Jackson was not charged in the 1993 case, which ended when the accuser refused to testify in light of the settlement deal.