A few weeks ago, we reported on Dancehall artist Vybe Kartel being found guilty for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. Billboard has broke the news that the Jamaican Supreme Court has sentenced Kartel to life in prison.
“On March 13th, Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was found guilty of the August 16, 2011 murder of his former associate Clive “Lizard” Williams, the outcome of a 58-day trial, which commenced on November 18th, 2013 — said to be the longest in the history of Jamaica’s Circuit court. Guilty verdicts were also handed to Shawn Campbell (dancehall artist Shawn Storm), Kahira Jones and Andre St. John, who each received life sentences today. The fourth co-accused, Shane Williams, received the jury’s sole not guilty decision. Minutes after the verdicts were announced, juror Livingston Cain was charged with bribing the jury foreman to influence a not guilty verdict; Shane Williams is now charged in another murder case.
Palmer’s lawyers will appeal today’s conviction, a process expected to take between 6-12 months, said Christian Tavares-Finson, who along with his father Tom Tavares-Finson have represented the embattled dancehall artist since the trial started. The defense maintains the prosecution presented evidence that had been fabricated and otherwise manipulated including text messages reportedly sent from Palmer’s phone, after it was confiscated, allegedly boasting of the butchering of Williams’ body, which has never been found.” (Billboard)