Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kartel Murder Trial Hits Snag, Due To Lack Of Jurors

It may be a new year, but the same problems are rearing their ugly heads in the ongoing murder trial of internationally-acclaimed deejay, Vybz Kartel.

Kartel's trial in the murder case of Clive 'Lizard' Williams was scheduled to get underway at the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Monday. However, the matter was postponed yet again after lawmakers determined there were insufficient jurors.

The prosecution and defense teams in Kartel's case expressed their disappointment with the development as they were ready to proceed. Nevertheless, they will all reconvene on May 27, when the trial is expected to commence.

This is the second postponement of the matter since it was originally set to begin last November. However, the case was delayed until Jan. 21 as Kartel's lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson was working on a separate case.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, faces one count of murder in the case along with Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Andre St. John and Calvin 'Moonie' Haye. The latter of the accused is currently on bail.

Each of the men are accused of killing Williams during an incident at a Havendale residence in St. Andrew in August 2011. Law enforcement officials later claimed they captured video and audio evidence linking each of the accused to the murder. Williams' body has not been found.