On 29 September 2011, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was arrested by police for marijuana possession.
Jamaica’s Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) later charged him with the murder of a Jamaican businessman, Barrington Burton, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
Though Kartel was granted bail for the Burton murder on 23 March 2012 for JD$ 3,000,000, he remained in jail in connection with a second murder, of one Clive ‘Lizzard’ Williams, of Waterford, St Catherine.
On 24 July a jury found Kartel not guilty of the charge of murder of Barrington Burton. However, Kartel remained in custody pending the second murder case.
His trial for the murder of Clive Williams started on 18 November 2013 and on 13 March 2014 he along with fellow artist Shawn Storm were found guilty by an eleven-member jury (10-1) of murder of 27-year-old Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The 65-day trial was said to have been the longest in Jamaica’s history.
On 3 April 2014, Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment. Justice Lennox Campbell said he would be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.
Shawn Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.