Vybz Kartel, 38, a popular dancehall reggae entertainer, and three co-defendants have been convicted of murder in Jamaica’s Supreme Court. Vybz Kartel and three othres reportedly killed Clive "Lizard Williams in October of 2011, according to a Huffington Post report on Friday.
Clive "Lizard" Williams was allegedly beaten to death at the entertainer’s home after he was coaxed into coming to Kartel’s residence to answer for two missing illegal guns. His body was never found. During the trial, police testified that they got a text message from Kartel’s phone which said that Williams was chopped up in a mincemeat so fine that his body would never be found.
Prior to the verdict being announced, streets were blocked off around the Supreme Court as disruptions by Kartel’s fans were expected. Kartel supporters did break through the barricades set up, before the verdict was reached, yelling “Free Kartel!”
Kartel was involved with another murder case last year but the case fell apart when prosecutors failed to produce sufficient evidence.
Kartel’s real name is Adidja Azim Palmer. Prior to this conviction, he had already been jailed for approximately three years. His songs are still popular with young Jamaicans – and he’s considered somewhat of a hero to them.
The jury’s proceedings made their own headlines when a male juror – one of eleven – was arrested and charged with attempting to bribe the jury foreman to influence the panel of giving Kartel an innocent verdict.