After a week on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, Vybz Kartel’s attorneys says they are very confident he will be acquitted.
On the first week of trial, the three senior police officers were called to the witness stand, as well as, Clive Williams’ sister and girlfriend.
Christian Tavares-Finson, who represent Vybz Kartel, says so far there has been nothing incriminating to convict his client.
“We feel very confident, you know we have our instructions and we are proceeding along those lines,” Tavares-Finson, from Finson & Associates, told Irie FM. “Thus far there is nothing really to suggest that our client is guilty of anything.”
Shawn Storm’s attorney, Miguel Lorne, also echoed the same sentiments. According to Lorne, it was regrettable what fashion stylist Calvin “Moonie” Haye endured for two years only to be told there is no evidence against him.
“The case is now one week old and so far the prosecution has been trying its best to put up a presentable case,” Lorne said. “So far the evidence would not be able to convict any of the five accused.”
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams are all on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
According to police reports, Williams was beaten to death by the accused men on August 16, 2011 at a home in Havendale. St. Andrew.
Investigators say he was murdered over a missing firearm believed to be belonging to Vybz Kartel.
His body has yet to be found.
Yesterday saw some major development in Vybz Kartel’s murder case that is now before the Home Circuit court in Kingston.
Two senior superintendent of police took the witness stand to recount the operations that lead to Vybz Kartel and his co-accused arrest.
Superintendent of police Cornwall Ford was cross-examined by defense attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson, representing Vybz Kartel, and Miguel Lorne, representing Shawn “Storm” Campbell. Finson asked Ford if he had notified the press of the massive police operation that brought Vybz Kartel into custody, to which he said, “I had no communication with the press.”
On the day of Kartel’s arrest on September 30, 2011, there were a lot of TV camera men and other members of the media.
Tavares-Finson told Ford that it was a ply by the police force to prejudice the case against his client.
There were also reports in the media claiming that police officers say there was a burnt decomposed body found in the burnt down house in Havendale, St. Andrew. However, the senior police officer say he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the police force.
Clive Williams’ sister, who was very emotional on the witness stand, told the court that her brother and Shawn “Storm” Campbell were close friends when asked by attorney Lorne. She said he appeared in some of Shawn Storm’s music videos and the dancehall star was trying to give him a “buss.”
The trial is currently underway in court.
Popular Senior Superintendent of police Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford took the witness stand moments ago and was grilled by the defense attorneys about the large presence of the media when Vybz Kartel was arrested in 2011.
Bigga Ford denied that it was a conspiracy by the police department to prejudice the case to increase the chance of a conviction.
Day four of Vybz Kartel’s trial adjourned on Thursday evening in the Home Circuit court in Kingston.
Today’s precedings saw the cross examination by Clive Williams’, the victim in the case, sister.
Superintendent of police Cornwall Ford took the witness stand and recount what happened on the day Vybz Kartel was arrested on September 30, 2011.
Ford told the court that he took four cellphones from Vybz Kartel and handed them over to another police officer.
Deputy Superintendent of police Winston Henderson also took the witness stand he was instructed by Superintendent Cornwall Ford to assemble a team of law enforcement officials and get a warrant to search Vybz Kartel’s upscale home in Norbrook.
Henderson says they found 12 passports in various names along with 10 cellphones. He told the court that when they went to the home in Havendale it was burnt down. He said they also did another raid on another home in Portmore but nothing was found.
Initial reports at the time of Vybz Kartel’s arrest claimed that police seized a number ofequipments including laptops from one of the home they believed belong to the dancehall star.
This morning, a forensic investigator told the court that he found blood stain in the home in Havendale where Clive “Lizard” Williams was allegedly murdered.
Williams’ sister, who was cross examined by the defense this morning, told the court that her brother was previously charged with illegal possession of a firearm and shooting with intent. She broke down in tears as she answered questions from Vybz Kartel attorneys.
The Voice hot favorite Tessanne Chin advanced to the Top8 contestants on Season 5 of The Voice on Tuesday night.
The Jamaican songstress secured her spot with a powerful performance of Gladys Knight’s classic “If I Were Your Woman” on Monday night live performance episode.
Tessanne Chin also rocked the stage on Tuesday night performing Lorde’s “Royals” in a duet with Caroline Pennell from Team Ceelo.
Lorde is a New Zealand singer/songwriter.
Caroline Pennell, Austin Jenckes and Kat Robichaud were the bottom three contestants tonight, but America tweeted to save Caroline. Austin and Kat were sent home.
Tessanne Chin will continue her journey on The Voice as the live performances of the Emmy-winning talent show continues next week Monday on NBC.
Watch Tessanne Chin and Caroline Pennell performing “Royals” below.
It’s no secret Trina and French Montana are dating. But yesterday rumors started circulating claiming that the Miami femcee is pregnant.
A rep for Trina told TMZ that she is not pregnant and the couple are not trying to make a baby.
Trina’s rep Aleesha Carter tells us the 34-year-old rapper is 100% unpregnant.
Trina also recently denies that she and French Montana are dating.
“I’m not a couple with nobody,” Trina said. “French Montana is an amazing person; he’s a great person, he’s been a great inspiration to me since he came into my life as far as working, business, career. He showed me some different things that honestly, I didn’t really get the last couple of years of my career.”
Tommy Lee is currently recovering from his injuries received in a car accident earlier this month.
The “Spartan Angel” deejay says he is lucky to be alive and is asking his fans to drive safe.
Radio personality Nikki Z caught up with the Mobay artist in the hospital where he shed somelight on the crash.
“The Saturday morning around 3 a.m. I was on the road near Ritz Carlton when someone flew passed me,” Tommy Lee recalled. “I prepped my mirror to see if anyone else was following him because sometimes they race, and when I looked back on the road I was drifting towards the bank. So I swung out the bank and there was another car in front of me that I had to swung out of. That car got out of control and instead of I pressed the breaks I pressed the gas.”
Tommy Lee girlfriend, who was also in the car, sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital. Lee received a broken leg and injuries to his right hand. The deejay says he was ejected from the vehicle which later fell on his leg breaking it three places.
The former Portmore Empire artist also opened up about Vybz Kartel, whom he insist he is still good friends with.
“Him need to come back a road now because its a long time they have him in there,” Tommy lee said. “Me and Kartel good there is no problems I would never do anything to harm him.”
Watch the interview below.
Day two of Vybz Kartel’s high profile murder trial ended on Tuesday with not much changes from Monday.
The “Cake Soap” deejay and his five co-accused appeared in the Home Circuit court yesterday to continue their trial. When court adjourned, only a total of nine jurors were selected.
This occurred after two jurors asked to be excused for personal reasons and the court only selected another two. An additional three jurors are needed to complete the 12-panel jury.
Those additional three are expected to be selected today.
Yesterday Justice Lennox Campbell inquired about the witnesses in the case and was assured by the investigating officer that four civilians are available to take the stand. He also said they are unable to locate two more witnesses.
Senior Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor also assured the judge that the prosecution is ready to present its case against the dancehall star.
Vybz Kartel along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, Stylist Calvin “Moonie” Haye, and Shane Williams are all on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
Police say the men beat Williams to death on August 16, 2011 at a home in Havendale, St. Andrew over a missing firearm.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, and his five co-accused pleaded not guilty to the charge on Monday.