A day after police raided Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch for a second time seeking evidence in the child-molestation case against him, officials returned Saturday and asked the pop star to submit a DNA sample.
According to reports, Jackson voluntarily gave the sample, though officials would not confirm why they sought it or why it came more than a year after Jackson's November 2003 arrest on the charges. Jackson had to return to his home to give the sample, after his lawyer Thomas Mesereau instructed him to take his three children and leave the sprawling estate during Friday's eight-hour search (see "Police Search Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch — Again").
On Saturday officials used a cotton swab to take the sample from inside Jackson's mouth. Police also reportedly measured several of the rooms in the singer's home in an attempt to calculate sight lines from one room to an adjoining one.
During their search a year ago, police took bedding and the top of Jackson's mattress to check it for DNA, but the accuser's DNA was reportedly not found anywhere in the bedroom.
Jackson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, conspiracy and administering an intoxicating agent to his alleged teenage victim.
A spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County sheriff would not discuss the search, saying only that it was part of an "ongoing criminal investigation."
Jackson is scheduled to stand trial January 31. Monday (December 6) is the deadline for prosecutors and defense lawyers to exchange all the evidence they've gathered during pretrial investigations.
For full coverage of the Michael Jackson case, see "Michael Jackson Accused."