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Tracking Kartel Trial >>>Kartel's case to be handed over to 11-member jury
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator


Vybz Kartel - File

On a day when international artiste Busta Rhymes turned up to support Vybz Kartel, Justice Lennox Campbell began the final stage of the embattled entertainer's murder trial before it is handed over to the jury.

Campbell, who began his summation yesterday to the 11-member jury in the trial, said self-defence or provocation did not arise for their consideration.

The judge said the two verdicts open to them were guilty or not guilty of murder.

However, the judge said that the jury would first have to determine if Clive 'Lizard' Williams was dead.

He said if they found he was not dead that would be the end of the Crown's case.

Williams' body has not been found but the prosecution is asking the jury to find that he is dead based on the circumstantial evidence in the case.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is charged jointly with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, also called Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and André St John. They have been on trial in the Home Circuit Court since last November.

sympathy or prejudice

Campbell told the jurors they were supreme on the facts and if they did not agree with comments he or the lawyers made, they should toss them aside. He called for them not to have any sympathy or prejudice to influence their verdict. The judge said although they heard evidence of locking of guns they should not allow that to prejudice their minds because the men's morals were not on trial.

"Don't say Palmer is guilty of the crime because of his lyrical content," the judge said.

When Campbell referred to the voice notes presented in the case and said Kartel did not say it was not his voice, defence lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson reminded the judge that the defence was saying that the voice notes were manipulated and spliced.

Campbell will continue his summation today, and the matter is expected to be turned over to the jury next week for a verdict.

barbara.gayle@gleanerjm.com

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