Vybz Kartel brought to tears in court.
Perhaps it was the moving character testimony from his sister Maureen Nelson, or the thought of spending the rest of his life behind bars, but Vybz Kartel was seen wiping tears from his eyes in court.
His co-accused Andre St. John and Shane Williams also broke down in court while giving unsworn testimony proclaiming their innocence.
All five accused men, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams will have a murder case to answer to according to the judge ruling on a no case submission made by defense attorneys earlier this week.
Vybz Kartel Sister Testify, Artiste Shed Tears In Court
Vybz Kartel’s sister, Maureen Nelson, who is the vice principal of the Cumberland High School, was the first witness to take the stand for the defense. She gave character testimony telling the court that the deejay grow up in a close-knit family and was the third of six siblings.
Nelson told the court that they went to church every Sunday and they were nicknamed “grill up” because they usually stayed inside. She added that the deejay is very kind and bought his mother a house and father a car when he made it big as a dancehall artiste.
Nelson also told the court that as a Christian and an educator she did not approved of his tattoos and skin bleaching but accepted it because it is apart of his craft.
Lead prosecution attorney Jeremy Taylor grilled Maureen Nelson under cross-examination asking her about Kartel’s music and his friends.
The trial continues today in the Home Circuit court.
According to authorities, the accused men beat Clive “Lizard” Williams to death on August 16, 2011 at a house in Havendale over two missing illegal guns.
His body has yet to be found.
The trial is expected to be wrapped up next week. If convicted Vybz Kartel and his c-accused could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Vybz Kartel Speaks: “My Hands Are Clean Of Lizard’s Blood”
Vybz Kartel speaks for the first time in court since the start of his murder trial in November of last year.
Justice Lennox Campbell rejected a no case submission from defense attorneys this morning in the Home Circuit court and instructed lawyers to defend their clients in the coming days.
Vybz Kartel, who is on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, told the court that he is innocent of the crime he is accused of committed.
This is what Vybz Kartel told the court:
I am a normal person like anyone else. I am innocent of all these charges brought against me as a matter of fact I have never been to 7 Swallowfield Avenue and seen Lizard there – the man called Clive Williams.
In fact my Lord, the only time I encountered that person called Clive Williams, is when he travelled with Shawn [co-accused Shawn Storm] to stage shows but we never encounter my Lord.
My Lord, the incident that occurred on September 30, 2011 (the date of his arrest) I was at a hotel in New Kingston when the police took me and a female companion.
My Lord they handcuffed us and took us downstairs in the lobby. Other police officers and members of the media were already there.
My Lord after that [I] was taken to Central Kingston Police Station.
After that the police escorted me to my house in St. Andrew, two houses as a matter of fact – one house at Swallow Avenue and then to my mother’s house in Portmore, St. Catherine – where the house was searched.
I was then moved to Spanish Town Road.
Even most recently, the Minister of National Security Minister, the Honourable Peter Bunting took my music and my image to the State, my Lord claiming that Vybz Kartel’s lyrics, My Lord, is generating scamming.
Even in Jamaica at one point, the Minister said there were four essential factors mashing up Jamaica and I was one of them.
My Lord, if that is not prejudicial against my case, I don’t know what is.
My Lord, I bleach my skin, I am heavily tattooed also but that is merely superficial. That is a part of the persona of Vybz Kartel not Adidja Palmer.
I am a normal person like anyone else; I even have a family who are here today… grandmother, cousin, mother-in law. My Lord my hands are clean of Clive Williams’ blood if indeed Clive Williams is deceased, My Lord.
I have never sent anyone to kill Clive Williams, My Lord, nor did I do so myself. I am an innocent man, My Lord, that is all I have to say.
Shawn Storm Speaks “I Am No Murderer”
Like Vybz Kartel, Shawn “Storm” Campbell and other co-accused gave unsworn statement in court on Wednesday after the judge rejected a no case submission from the defense.
Today Vybz Kartel told the judge that his hands are clean of Clive “Lizard” Williams’ blood.
Shawn Storm echoed the same sentiments telling Justice Lennox Campbell that he is not a murderer.
This is what Shawn Storm said:
My lord I would like to make thsi clear, I am not a murderer nor have I taken part in any offense relating to the deceased Clive Williams.
I Shawn Campbell am no murderer my lord. I Shawn Storm am no murderer.
What I would like is to get back my life and take care of my sick mother and daughter, further my career as an artiste and as a certified mechanical engineer.
The other co-accused Kahira Jones, Shane Williams, and Andre St. John also proclaimed their innocence in unsworn testimony. They told the judge that the charge against them is a conspiracy from a group of people.
Star Witness Identifies Kartel In Recordings
Vybz Kartel is back in the Home Circuit court in Kingston today for his ongoing murder trial.
The dancehall star is jointly charged with protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
Today the prosecution introduced its final witness in the drawn out trial and also called back their star witness Lamar Chow to the stand.
Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor showed the witness some photographs and he positively identified them to be Vybz Kartel.
The witness also positively identified co-accused, Andre St John, Kahira Jones, who he says he know as Mad Suss and also Shane Williams who he says he know as Terrence.
The prosecution also played several voice notes in which the witness identified Vybz Kartel.
The star witness also testified about the attack on August 16, 2011 at Vybz Kartel’s house in Havendale. He told the court that he saw Clive “Lizard” Williams’ laying motionless before making his escape.
The Crown is saying the Lizard was beaten to death by the accused men on August 16, 2011 in Havendale over two missing firearm.
A heavy contingency of police officers escorted the star witness to court this morning with his face covered. He was later escorted from the Supreme Court building to an unknown hotel in Kingston.
Police has yet to find Lizard’s body.
Investigator Tells Court Foul Odour Was At Kartel’s House
DSP Vernal Thompson the lead investigator in the Vybz Kartel murder case, took the witness stand following the cross examination of Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton. The DSP stated that he made a visit to Kartel’s home in Havendale on August 29, 2011, where a foul odour likened to a dead animal emanated from the location. Thompson testified that he also smelled a fragrance similar to the popular Fabuloso disinfectant. The lead investigator also said he returned to the location after receiving a report of a fire and noted that he has never seen such activities where no one called the police station to make a report in his entire career. Tom Tavares-Finson attorney for Kartel objected to the testimony by Mr. Thompson that no report was made on the fire. Mr. Thompson continued his testimony and stated in late August 2011, he went searching for relatives of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in order to collect DNA samples; the main investigator also testified that he obtained a copy of a missing persons report made for ‘Lizard’ that was reportedly made by his sister.
Kartel Trial Information On Memory Card Modified Hours After Seizure By Police
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Evidence before the court in the Vybz Kartel murder trial has shown that the SD card from the phone with a message about chopping up ‘Lizard’ was modified on September 30, hours after it was seized in the murder investigation.
However Police Detective Patrick Linton said that he never modified any information on the SD card.
He denied adding a section to the tape about chopping up Lizard “fine, fine”.
Linton previously testified that persons not authorised by him had used a phone seized in the Vybz Kartel murder case.
He said that he didn’t authorise anyone to use the phone on October 6 and 9th 2011. But under further cross examination Tuesday by attorney-at-law Pierre Rogers, who asked if unauthorised persons used the phone, Linton said that he couldn’t speak to unauthorised persons using the phone.
Kartel, and four co-accused are on trial for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Vybz Kartel’s hugely publicized murder trial in the Home Circuit court reached a high point this week.
The dancehall star, born Adidja Palmer, is on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. He is jointly charged along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams.
The prosecution spent days presenting text message, audio, video, and Blackberry messenger evidence in court. But when it came time for the defense to cross-examined cops aligned to the Cybercrime unit, thing got even more intense.
Constable Kemar Wilks, a digital forensic examiner and crime investigator, took the witness stand on Thursday and grilled by the defense about his handling of the multimedia evidence.
Wilks told the court that on November 24, 2011, former Cybercrime unit head Patrick Linton gave him a two compact discs, one with 40 voice notes and the other with a video. The constable said he recorded the contents of the disc in a statement.
Despite strong objection from the defense, the transcript of the data was entered in evidence.
Earlier this week, Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton, admitted in court that a Blackberry smartphone belonging to Vybz Kartel was being used while in police custody. Linton, however, refused to speak on the integrity of the data collected even though he admitted someone used the phone while it was in his department.
Under cross-examination from attorney Pierre Rogers, Constable Kemar Wilks admitted that video and voice data could be manipulated. The video played in court shows no faces just voices.
Under further cross-examination from attorney Miguel Lorne, Wilks, said he cannot vouch for the integrity of the data collected or the items he received from Patrick Linton.
The trial resumes on Monday.