March 23, 2005 -- One of the prosecution's most important witnesses in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial has been jailed in Las Vegas on charges of burglary, robbery and first-degree kidnapping, all with a deadly weapon, ABC News has learned.
Watch Jim Avila's report Thursday on "Good Morning America."
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Chris Carter, 25, was arrested Feb. 19 and is being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, records show. He had been the pop star's personal bodyguard during the time the alleged molestation took place and has been cooperating with the prosecution.
Jackson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor and plied the boy with alcohol. The boy, now 15, has testified to having been given wine, which he said Jackson called "Jesus juice," at Jackson's Neverland ranch.
Carter's testimony is expected to provide more corroboration of the accuser's story than that of any witness aside from a family member. He is the only witness independent of the accuser's family who has put Jackson and the boy drinking together.
In his grand jury testimony, Carter also said he saw children drinking at Jackson's Neverland ranch, that he saw the accuser drunk and that the accuser said Jackson was "OK" with it, and that the accuser and his younger brother frequently slept in the pop star's room.
Carter's testimony is considered important because he was close to Jackson and spent a great deal of time in the presence of the pop star, including occasions when the singer was with the accuser and his family.
Carter's arrest would not prevent him from testifying at Jackson's trial, and authorities in Santa Barbara County, Calif., still want him to testify. He has been approved for transport to Santa Barbara for an April appearance.
However, a source close to the case says the defense could use the arrest to try to put his integrity in question.
Carter's lawyer would not discuss the details of the arrest. He said Carter has pleaded not guilty, and he is trying to get the bail reduced. Carter has a status hearing on Monday.
Carter Said He Saw Jackson, Boy Sharing Drink
According to grand jury transcripts, Carter said he saw the pop star and his accuser drinking alcohol on a flight from Miami to Santa Barbara after a British documentary on the pop star aired on ABC.