Timeline: Vybz Kartel Murder Conviction
Producer: Krysten Paige-Smith.
Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel’s appeal of his murder conviction has been rejected by the Court of Appeal.
The Judgement was handed down moments ago via teleconferencing with Attorneys involved in the appeal.
After the court handed down its ruling, Kartel’s attorneys said they would take the case to the Privy Council.
Here’s a quick look at how we got here.
Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, was arrested and charged on the morning of September 30, 2011, for possession of a small quantity of marijuana.
Three years later, downtown, Kingston, was swarming with die-hearted Kartel fans anxiously awaiting the verdict.
On March 13, 2014, Palmer who’d been jailed since his marijuana charge, on September 30, 2011, was found guilty of the murder of his former associate, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
The high-profile trial started on November 18, 2013, and garnered attention locally and internationally.
Kartel, who’s eligible for parole once he has served a minimum of 35-years, is imprisoned at the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Facility to date.
The incarcerated dancehall superstar’s co-accused, Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Shane Williams were also found guilty of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams and are to serve a minimum of 25-years.
Also charged was Andre St John, who’s eligible for parole after serving 15-years of a life sentence.
The downfall of the entertainer and his co-accused were linked to multiple voice notes tying them to the murder.
Since the artiste’s conviction, he’s been the centre of several controversies including accessing social media platforms.
The entertainer’s also been accused of producing music from behind bars.
When our newscentre contacted the mother of Kartel’s three children yesterday, she said she’d not be speaking to the media on the matter.