Aced Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel, who was convicted of homicide in 2014 and sentenced to life in a maximum security prison, is preparing to fight a tough legal battle, which his defense team believes he has a high chance of winning.
Shortly after his shocking conviction, his legal crew, leaded by Tom Tavares-Finson, immediately filed an appeal, citing evidence tampering and witness intimidation among a host of other matters.
Tavares-Finson has confirmed that an appeal hearing could come as early as later this year.
“The transcripts have been reviewed and are pretty much prepared. So it is possible that the bid for an appeal is likely,” he said.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, and his three co-convicts have all maintained their innocence in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. The deejay’s protege Shawn Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones also are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole starting from 25 to 35 years. All four men were sentenced to hard labor.
In the meanwhile, Vybz Kartel continues to maintain a strong presence on Dancehall airwaves locally and overseas despite being behind bars since 2011.
He also won two Youth View Award this year for Favourite Artiste Male Local and Favourite Dancehall Artiste.
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