Vybz Kartel’s defense team may have significantly bored a hole through the prosecution’s case after the revelation of new cell phone evidence in the appeal case of the incarcerated Jamaican artist.
Cell phone evidence shows that the alleged murder victim, Clive “Lizard” Williams, was actually in St Catherine instead of Swallowfield in Kingston at the time of his supposed killing, according to the entertainer’s lawyers.
Last week, his legal team scored a notable victory as the panel of Court of Appeal accepted two of the three issues presented in the application to be heard in the “Pressure” deejay’s appeal.
The fresh evidence also includes a written statement from the prosecution’s star witness reveal several contradictions with his testimony.
Kartel’s lawyer’s indicated that the witness claimed he arrived at a house in Havendale at 8 p.m. on the day of the murder in August 2011. However, he told the court in his sworn testimony that he arrived sometime between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
The appeal, which was scheduled for three weeks, has been reduced to one week and is scheduled to continue on July 16, when oral submissions are expected to be delivered by respective attorneys on behalf of the “Fever” deejay and his co-accused.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and Shawn Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, were convicted of murder in 2014, along with Kahiro Jones and AndrÈ St John, for killing Clive Lizard Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew, in 2011.
They were all given the mandatory sentence of life in prison, with Kartel ordered to serve 35 years before he is eligible for parole. Campbell, Jones and St John were each ordered to serve 25 years before they became eligible for parole.