Vybz Kartel and his Co-Accused Convicted of ‘Lizard’ Murder
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
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.
Chaos In Downtown Kingston As Vybz Kartel Supporters Storm Police Barricades
Chaos erupted outside the Supreme Court building on King Street in downtown, Kingston a short while ago as hundreds of Vybz Kartel supporters broke through police barricades.
The crowd broke through human barriers formed by police personnel on King Street and went on to Barry Street.
It’s understood that the large crowd descended on areas cordoned off by the police after international entertainer Busta Rhymes made his way to the court.
Some people chanted “Free Kartel” and “Free Worl Boss”.
School children were among those chanting.
Road closures around the Supreme Court took effect this morning.
The changes were made in anticipation of a verdict in the Vybz Kartel murder case.
Among the roads closed are King Street, between Harbour Street and South Parade and Church Street between South Parade and Tower Street.