Vybz Kartel will have his appeal trial started on February 19, 2018. Details inside.

The appeal hearing for is to begin on February 19 next year, Hype Life Magazine has learned.

The date was agreed on during a case management hearing involving Vybz Kartel’s defense attorneys and government prosecutors on Tuesday (May 9).

Kartel’s attorneys have until October to file their written grounds of appeal while prosecutors have been given until November to respond.

On March 15, Kartel and his co-convicts were granted permission to appeal their conviction and sentence by High Court Judge, Justice Frank Williams.

Justice Williams raised several questions about guidance given to the jury by the trial judge, Lennox Campbell, about how he treated evidence heard during the trial.

Justice Williams says he’s granted permission to appeal because questions arise about whether the trial judge properly directed the jury about how to treat issues raised by defense attorneys led by Tom Tavares Finson.

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Williams also said more questions arise about whether the jury realized that comments made by Justice Campbell during his summation were only comments.

Kartel, Shawn Storm, Andre St. John and Kahira Jones were convicted in March 2014 for the murdering of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew.

Kartel’s attorneys claimed the artist was wrongly convicted and will be urging the Appeal Court to quash the conviction and sentence.

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Meanwhile, the woman who served as jury foreman in the murder trial of Vybz Kartel has denied suggestions that she fondled a court clerk inside the jury room during the proceedings.

She, however, admitted to embracing or hugging the clerk several times in full view of other jurors.

The behind-the-scenes look inside the jury room for the Vybz Kartel trial came on Monday (May 8) as the woman gave evidence in the corruption trial of Livingston Caine, the former juror accused of trying to convince his counterparts to free the entertainer and his four co-accused of murder.

She acknowledged, during cross-examination by defense attorney Valerie Neita Robertson, that the clerk, because of his duties, visited the jury room on several occasions.

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