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Vybz Kartel Trial: Key Defense Witness Arrested

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Vybz Kartel’s highly publicized murder trial is now taking shape in the Home Circuit court in Kingston.

So far over 20 witnesses have taken the stand to give testimony in the case that has gone on for more than two months.

Police on Wednesday afternoon arrested key defense witness and advisor, telecommunications expert Philip Martin.

Cops aligned to the Organized Crime and Investigative Division, OCID, converged on Martin’s house some time after 4 p.m. and arrested him. The reason for his arrest is not clear, but cops say they wanted to search his home.

Martin was scheduled to testify in Vybz Kartel murder trial in the coming days.

Vybz Kartel’s lead attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, says Martin’s arrest was a desperate act by the police force to intimidate the defense.

Defense lawyers grilled key prosecution witness Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton on the stand today. Linton, who is the former head of the cybercrime unit in OCID, has been testifying since last week about text messages, BBM messages, audio and video data taken from a phone belonging to Vybz Kartel.

Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is on trial for the alleged murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. He is jointly charged with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams.

Cops say Williams was killed over two missing firearm on August 16, 2011 at the deejay’shouse in Havendale, St. Andrew.

His body has yet to be found.


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