Witness Backs Testimony

Prosecution witness backs testimony of accuser's mother

A prosecution witness in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial says a member of the singer's inner circle once referred to "killers" pursuing the accuser's family.

Rudy Provencio testified that he heard Jackson associate Marc Schaffel make an offhand reference to "the killers" and became concerned. He said he asked Schaffel who the killers were, and that Schaffel replied, "the killers that are after the family."

The prosecution called Provencio to support conspiracy allegations against Jackson. The mother of Jackson's accuser has testified that the pop star's associates told her that killers were out to get her family.

Prosecutors say that was part of a plan to hold the family against their will, so they would make a video praising Jackson.