Bahamas judge denies bail request in Travolta case

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- A judge in the Bahamas has denied a request to lower the bail requirement for an ambulance driver accused of trying to extort $25 million from actor John Travolta following his son's death.

Tarino Lightbourne has been held since Jan. 23 on charges of attempted extortion and conspiracy to extort money from Travolta.

Magistrate Carolita Bethel refused Wednesday to reduce his $50,000 bail requirement.

Former senator Pleasant Bridgewater also has been charged with conspiracy in the alleged plot, but she is free on $50,000 bail.

The pair allegedly demanded money in exchange for suppressing a document related to the treatment of the celebrity's son, who died of a seizure last month at a family vacation home in Grand Bahama.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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