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Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 4:06:00 PM

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US rapper rues lack of suppport for Kartel
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Saturday, March 08, 2014 13 Comments
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AMERICAN rapper Spliff Star, who, along with Busta Rhymes, flew into the island this week to support jailed deejay Vybz Kartel, expressed disappointment that local artistes are not coming to court in support of their beleaguered colleague.

Spliff Star, who is of Trinidadian descent and appeared on Busta Rhymes' album The Coming, shared his observation with the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

"Other artistes in Jamaica should come and support him. I can't believe it. All Jamaican artistes should have stood up right here. Every artiste should have been right here," said Spliff Star, 38, whose given name is William Lewis.

"I don't like that. Ask yourself, if you were in that position wouldn't you want the support?" said Star, who, with Rhymes, was in the Number Two courtroom of the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston for a second day.

Star and Rhymes left the courthouse with Vybz Kartel's grandmother, Valda Palmer, sister Naydia Palmer and a cousin Chrisann McPherson. They were enveloped by a throng of supporters and media personnel on

King Street.

Rhymes hugged and chatted with Kartel's relatives while supporters of the embattled DJ rallied

around them.

Rhymes (given name Trevor Smith Jr) has Jamaican roots and has previously collaborated with Kartel.

While unwilling to speak about the case, he was in the island to show his support.

"Me jus' waan support the family of Kartel and support everything dat is right," he said in Jamaican dialect.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer; Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm; Shane Williams; Andre St John; and Kahira Jones have been on trial since November 18 over allegations that they beat Clive 'Lizard' Williams to death at the entertainer's Havendale, St Andrew home, on August 16, 2011 over the disappearance of two illegal guns.

Meanwhile, presiding judge Justice Lennox Campbell in his second day of summation told jurors yesterday that this would be their last weekend on the trial. He indicated he would turn the case over for deliberation next week.

Lawyers seemed uneasy with aspects of Campbell's summation. His use of the word "scheme", in describing the defence of conspiracy, seemed to have ruffled the attorneys. An attorney was observed mouthing the word "scheme" in surprise.

The justice also apologised to the jurors for misquoting, on Thursday, the evidence during his summation. But following that correction, Jones's attorney, Pierre Rogers, had to correct him about misquoting the main witness's evidence regarding the time he testified he had reached Havendale with Williams.

Campbell again raised eyebrows among defence counsels when he said of the main witness: "The person who is dead is his friend." The jurors are to determine whether Williams is in fact dead.

Moments later, Campbell told the jurors that the main witness had testified that he was scared.

"Ladies and gentlemen, these are not soft guys. These are men who locked guns. These are men who you wouldn't think scare easily. Their knees wouldn't buckle easily. What he's telling you is that they were scared of the situation they were in," Campbell said.

Campbell will continue his summation on Monday.
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:54:31 PM

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Guilty - Vybz Kartel, three co-accused convicted, Shane Williams freed

Published: Thursday March 13, 2014 | 6:10 pm 8 Comments
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Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel and three of his four co-accused have been found guilty of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams marking the end to a keenly watched trial that has lasted for 65 days.

The eleven-member jury began deliberating at 3:45 p.m.

Initially, the eleven-member jury deliberated for 1 hour and 53 minutes before returning a 10-1 verdict.

They were sent back to reconsider because the verdict was not unanimous and was reached under two hours.

The jurors then went back to consider the matter before again returning to the courtroom.

Adidja Palmer – GUILTY
Shawn Campbell – GUILTY
Kahira Jones – GUILTY
Shane Williams – Not GUILTY
Andre St John – GUILTY

The convicts are to be sentenced on March 27.

Kartel, 38, whose real name is Adidja Palmer and his co-accused went on trial on November 20 in the Home Circuit Court.

They had been in custody since September 2011.

They were charged with the murder of 27-year-old Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, of Waterford, St Catherine.

The Crown represented by senior deputy director of public prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, and Crown Counsel Leighton Morris alleged that on August 16, 2011 ‘Lizard’ was beaten to death at Kartel's house at 7 Swallowfield Avenue, Havendale, St Andrew over two missing guns.

SEE: THE KARTEL TIMELINE - How the trial unfolded

The prosecution relied on circumstantial evidence and common design to prove its case against the men.

Those found guilty are to return to court for sentencing on March 27.

Kartel and five other men had been charged with William’s murder, but at the start of the trial in November last year, the fifth co-accused, fashion designer, Calvin Haye, was freed after the Crown offered no evidence against him.
Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 12:34:20 PM

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Kartel juror returns to court today

Friday, March 28, 2014 | 7:49 AM 2 Comments
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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The juror who allegedly attempted to bribe his colleague jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the Vybz Kartel murder case is scheduled to return to court today (Friday, March 28).

Livingston Cain was offered $750,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last week.

The court was told then that the case file was not yet complete.

Cain is said to have offered the jury foreman $500,000 for a not-guilty verdict. And is alleged to have told another juror that he will "take care of him" if he returned a not-guilty verdict as well.

Cain was the only one to vote not guilty in the conviction of Vybz Kartel, Shaw 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Andre St John and Kahira Jones. A fifth man Shane Williams was acquitted.

The men were convicted of the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams over the disappearance of two illegal guns.

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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 2:34:38 PM

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican judge on Thursday sentenced dancehall reggae star Vybz Kartel and three other men to life in prison for the 2011 murder of an associate.

While police in riot gear watched over barricaded streets outside the court in downtown Kingston, Judge Lennox Campbell ruled the entertainer must serve 35 years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole. At that point, the tattooed Jamaican deejay who has dominated the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dancehall for a decade would be 73.

Last month, a jury convicted the 38-year-old Kartel and three co-defendants of killing Clive “Lizard” Williams, who was beaten to death in August 2011 after being lured to Kartel’s house to answer for two missing guns. His body has never been found.

One of the key pieces of evidence in the 65-day trial, one of the longest in Jamaican history, was a text message that police said they retrieved from Kartel’s phone saying Williams had been chopped up in a “mincemeat” so fine his remains would never be located.

On Thursday, dozens of onlookers stood at the street barricades awaiting the sentencing. Some zealous fans yelled in anguish when they heard news of Kartel’s life sentence.

“Wickedness! They take away the ‘world boss,’” one woman exclaimed, referring to one of Kartel’snicknames.

Defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson said he expected to file an appeal.

When Kartel was convicted last month, the only dissenting juror was arrested on charges of attempting to bribe the panel in an effort to free the music star, whose real name is Adidja Palmer. The juror denies wrongdoing.

Authorities said the case had posed numerous security challenges. Prosecution witnesses and relatives of the victim needed state protection due to numerous threats. Officers were also threatened, including Detective Sgt. Patrick Linton, whose home was attacked with a fire bomb after he testified against Kartel.

Police officials also said intelligence indicated people were paid to gather outside the court to show support for Kartel and “create disorder during the closing stages of the trial.”

Kartel is a major star in the dancehall genre and is known for his prolific output and innovative, but often violent, X-rated lyrics. Over the years, he collaborated with international artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna and Busta Rhymes. Rhymes traveled to Jamaica to attend the last day of Kartel’s trial as a show of support.

Although he has been jailed since 2011, Kartel recorded numerous new songs from his cell using a smartphone and co-wrote a book about himself titled “The Voice of the Jamaica Ghetto.” He’s long been popular among young Jamaicans, especially those in blighted slums.

As his popularity grew, he increasingly got in trouble with the law. Last year, another murder case against Kartel collapsed after prosecutors failed to produce enough evidence to support allegations that he and two others killed businessman Barrington “Bossy” Burton in 2011.
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