Will Vybz Kartel beat his upcoming appeal?
Apparently, a business partner of the incarcerated deejay thinks he will.
In a 2012 interview, Kartel’s associate Corey Todd revealed that the “Send fi the Army” deejay would beat his court cases, who was, at that time, facing two murder charges.
In fact, Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, won his first murder case in 2012 but he remained in jail in connection with a second murder, for which he is now sentenced to life imprisonment.
Despite delays in his upcoming appeal process, like Corey Todd, Kartel’s fans are confident that the “Back to Reality” deejay will soon be freed.
Todd also stated that “Worl Boss” deejay is not recording new music behind bars, contrary to the public’s belief that Kartel is pulling strings in prison.
Since his arrest in 2011, over 200 songs have been released under the management of his wife Shorty, whose real name is Tanesha Johnson.
The incarcerated Jamaican deejay has released three albums, “Kartel Forever: Trilogy,” “Viking (Vybz Is King)” and “King of the Dancehall,” respectively, and has secured numerous number one spots on music charts around the world.
Even with his absence, Kartel manages to serve his fans with highly-anticipated music video such as “Colouring This Life”, which has racked up 1 million views on Youtube in just one week of its release.
On 3 April 2014, Kartel was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Lizard (Clive William).
Kartel has remained behind bars for almost three years while awaiting trial, and after 65 days in court, a jury eventually voted 10-1 to convict Kartel and three other men on guilty charges. Prosecutors set out to prove that Williams was beaten to death in Kartel’s home, over two missing guns.
He will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.
The defense still plans to appeal the verdict and Vybz Kartel’s lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, is specifically questioning the trial judge’s decision to allow certain phone evidence to be used in court.
According to Tavares-Finson, the deejay’s appeal will most likely be sometime this year.
“The transcripts have been reviewed and are just about ready. So it is possible that an appeal is likely later this year” Tavares-Finson said.
According to Tavares-Finson, Jamaica’s Director of Public Prosecutions has commissioned an inquiry into the conduct of police investigators involved in the case.
“I am of the opinion that the department cannot investigate itself and any such investigation should be done by the Independent Commission of Investigations,” Tavares-Finson told reporters.