Vybz Kartel murder trial now set for December 3

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday October 31, 2012 — The murder trial of controversial dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel and co-accused Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald has been postponed until December.

The trial was scheduled to get underway in the Home Circuit on Monday, but was rescheduled to December 3 as the prosecution said it was not ready.

The three men, who are represented by attorneys Tom and Chris Tavares-Finson and Michael Deans, are facing charges in relation to the murder of a St Catherine man in July 2011.

Kartel, who has been behind bars since September 2011 following his arrest in a Corporate Area hotel, is to stand trial alongside Thompson and McDonald for the shooting death of Barrington ‘Bossie’ Bryan who was gunned-down in his Gregory Park community.

The jailed dancehall deejay (born Adidja Palmer) is on JAM$3million bail in relation to that charge, but it has availed him nothing since he is being held on a second murder charge, scheduled to go to trial next month.

Also to stand trial with Kartel for the August 2011 beating death of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams are Calvin Hay, entertainer Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Andre St John, Kahira Jones and Shane Williams.

Williams, who was killed in Havendale, St Andrew, was reportedly slain over a missing gun.

Meanwhile, the dancehall star, along with Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and Andre ‘Pim-Pim’ Henry are to be tried in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on November 12 on a charge of perverting the course of justice in relation to the Williams murder.  Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)