Dancehall Reggae artist Vybz Kartel has been convicted of murder. In a high-profile trial under heavy security, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and three of the four co-defendants were found guilty of killing, Clive “Lizard” Williams, in a dispute over missing gun(s).
The verdict returned 10-1 as follows:
- Adidja Palmer ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ GUILTY
- Shawn Campbell ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ GUILTY
- Kahira Jones ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ GUILTY
- Andre St John ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ GUILTY
- Shane Williams ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Not GUILTY
Defense Lawyer Threatens Appeal
Kartel’s defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson called the prosecutionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s case against his client “dishonestÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â citing missing witness statements and evidence CD. After the verdict, where Vybez and co-defendants seemed surprised, Tavares-Finson said he would appeal the verdict.
Prior Murder Case against Kartel
This is the 2nd murder trial against Kartel. In last year’s (2013) murder trial, Kartel and two other co-defendants were “exonerated” after prosecutors failed to produce evidence to support allegations that the trio killed businessman Barrington ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBossyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Burton in 2011, and the government witness failed to show. However, Kartel was not released because of the 2nd (recent) murder trial pending.
Juror Arrested in 10-1 Verdict
In something you see in mob movies, a juror at the Vybez Kartel murder trial was taken into custody on allegations bribery. News reaching Yowlink wa that the juror approached another, offering a bribe in exchange for a not guilty verdict
The majority of people “polled” or who commented in Jamaica, the United States, Canada, and UK, felt this was a just verdict and some expressed happiness that Jamaica’s justice system might have taken a micro-step towards improvement.
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