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Overseas: Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder

Horace Mills, BVI News Online Staff - Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Vybz Kartel

One of the lengthiest trials in the history of Jamaica’s judicial system ended in the country’s capital on Thursday evening, with Dancehall extraordinaire Vybz Kartel being among four people found guilty of murder.

The 38-year-old internationally renowned entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was on trial for the August 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

Williams was killed over two missing guns by Kartel and his four cronies, according to prosecutors. The victim’s body is yet to be found.

Of the five people charged, only Shane Williams earned a not guilty verdict. In addition to Kartel, another dancehall artiste, Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, was among the guilty pack.

The names and verdicts of all five are:

Adidja Palmer – GUILTY

Shawn Campbell – GUILTY

Kahira Jones – GUILTY

Shane Williams – NOT GUILTY

Andre St John – GUILTY

Lawyers to appeal

Lawyers representing the four found guilty have stated their intention to appeal the 10-1 verdict.

The decision was delivered by an 11-member jury after just over two hours of deliberation.

During those deliberations, however, tension intensified outside the Home Circuit Court as hundreds of people marched in the streets, calling for Kartel to be freed.

A strong contingent of police and soldiers managed to keep the rowdy crowd at bay.

A section of the crowd supporting Kartel outside the Home Circuit Court. Photo Credit: Jamaica Gleaner

Sixty-five days

The keenly watched trial ran for 65 days in the Kingston-based Home Circuit Court before Justice Lennox Campbell.

Justice Campbell spent six days summing up the evidence, and will hand down sentences on March 27.

After hearing the verdict, he told jurors they could not have arrived at a different decision based on the evidence presented in court.

The trial attracted several people around the world, including famous United States-based rap artiste Busta Rhymes, who is of Jamaican descent. Busta Rhymes attended court in Kingston for days.

During the trial, a total of 30 witnesses were called – 24 by the Crown and six by the defence.

Juror to be charged

Following the verdict, news also emerged that one of the eleven jurors will be prosecuted for bribery.

Jamaica’s Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, at publication time, announced that the police were close to laying the charge.

The juror in question allegedly offered the foreman of the jury thousands of Jamaican dollars to generate a not guilty verdict for Kartel.

The foreman however rejected the offer and reported the matter to the police.

Who is Vybz Kartel?

Vybz Kartel – an entertainer and businessman – is reputed to be one of Jamaica’s most talented dancehall artistes.

Known also as World Boss, he released several hits including “Clarks”, “Romping Shop”, “Poor People”, “Tell You Say”, “Like Christmas” and “Pon De Floor”.

Kartel started his career as a teenager in 1993, but shot to prominence in 2003 after a string of hits in Jamaica.

A section of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston where the trial of entertainer Vybz Kartel and four co-accused took place. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

He was a protégé of veteran artiste Bounty Killer.

Since leaving the mentorship of Bounty Killer, Kartel ventured on his own, and created the Gaza brand. He also mentored several other artistes including Popcaan and Tommy Lee.

Kartel has been at the centre of several controversies including a feud with fellow entertainer Mavado. He is also an open supporter of the skin bleaching phenomenon.

Despite his contentious demeanour, Kartel has maintained one of the strongest dancehall fan-base ever.

He has worked on collaborations and remixes with hip hop and R&B musicians Jay-Z, Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, M.I.A, Pharrell, Kardinal Offishall, Akon, Jim Jones, Lil Wayne and Eminem.

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  1. Incognito
    March 16, 2014
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    How is this a waste of talent? He has made songs while in Jail. All he has to do is keep making them. He’ll have plenty of time……

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    • Tommy Lee Sparta
      March 16, 2014
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      No man nuh say that them nuh give him di kind of freedome people think him have world boss nah mek song in prison…

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  2. look nah
    March 14, 2014
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    Whey gadeithz dey?

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  3. Agreeable One
    March 14, 2014
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    His country man Bob Marley sang a song that says “if night should turn to day a lot of people would run away”, he also said ‘who the cap fit, let them wear it”. The good book say “as you sow, you shall reap”, The Old people say “who don’t hear will feel”. Be VERY careful what you feed your mind.

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    • **
      March 14, 2014
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      • Agreeable One
        March 14, 2014
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        Noted! But be careful lest all you can do is wind up criticizing and miss “Truths” that have been passed on by our elders that are so lacking and needed in our society today.

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  4. Shakeema
    March 13, 2014
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    I hope that he retrieves his “correct complexion” within prison.

    “Skin Bleaching” would obtain a different meaning!

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    • Pam
      March 14, 2014
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      This FUGLY brutal guy has bleached his skin so light I hope it burns right off. He has the Michael Jackson complex. His skins is only the beginning of how FU–ED up he is. Send his ass back JAM fast.

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      • Spartan_Bway
        March 16, 2014
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        Uno just ah talk ah bag ah thing an nuh no wa gwan… There is no evidence linking the murder to Addi the whole case was tampered with by Police if you was following the court cases you would of knew that… Jamaica system just f%$%% up cause them nuh have di man body dont know if him dead or alive but yet dem ah lock way man fi life…

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    • BLUE
      March 15, 2014
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      He already in Jamaica though :-?

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    • rich and living
      March 13, 2014
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      painful to see such a human life he took go to waste………..oh pls u live by d sword u die by d sword….hanging needs 2 come back wicked ppl in this world just out right darn wicked.hang them

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    • March 13, 2014
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      what about the life he took it is more painful moreover his body cannot found

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      • Blak
        March 14, 2014
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        I feel no sympathy for gangsters and gangster business you take what comes with the territory. That being said you guys acting like this Lizard character was someone that was waking up going to work earning a honest living. HE IS/WAS A SHOTTA! SO IF HE DEAD HE DEAD I for sure aint shedding no tears. For those who say he have/had a family to take care of or his family care then he shouldn’t have been a SHOTTA. Kartel have family to take care of and have family that care also.

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    • Blak
      March 14, 2014
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      I agree a waste of phenomenal talent and lyrics. People acting like this Lizard character wasn’t a gangster also. Kartel wasn’t present when the man died so what…but in the end this is keeping it real going way wrong.

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    • March 14, 2014
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      let it go to waste he wrong and he should not do it the song he sing tell who he is

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      • Spartan_Bway
        March 16, 2014
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        Wrong for what? Like Uno cya read to b^%$%%^^%t Addi did never on di scene when them kill Lizard.

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    • Pam
      March 14, 2014
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      He is not talented and surely not an artist. What he is, is a sick bastard who doesn’t give a crap about anyone but himself. I say he took a life so he should give his in return and hang himself.

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