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Kartel, Shawn Storm maintain innocence in light of life sentence in murder conviction

Vybz Kartel 2014Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel and long-time protégé, Shawn Storm have spoken out for the first time since their convictions and subsequent life sentence on murder charges in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder charges.The two, along with Kahira Jones and Andre ‘Mad Suss’ St. John were sentenced Thursday, with Kartel not eligible for parole for the first 35 years of his sentence, while Shawn Storm will not be eligible until 25 years into his sentence. On Friday, the pair issued short, handwritten statements thanking fans for their undying support while continuing to maintain their innocence in spite of the convictions.

Kartel’s note said, “I would first like to again reiterate that I never killed Clive Williams nor did I order his killing. To my family I want to say thank you for being there for me. Equally to my fans whose unremitting support matters to me! Bless, Kartel.”

Shawn Storm offered similar sentiments to his supporters.

“To the fans and fams I am an innocent man and I am just saying I am good and in great health and spirit,” he said. “So from me to the fans and ma fams and my mother, daughter and family I am confident that in the long run I will be vindicated.”

Meanwhile, voice notes used as evidence against Kartel and his co-accused were released to Jamaican media on Friday, telling a damning tale of the events leading up to August 2011 murder of Williams. In said voice notes, which can be heard in their entirety here, Kartel continuously references the disappearance of ‘shoes,’ a code word for guns, according to testimony from the Crown’s main witness, Lamar Chow. An agitated Kartel can be heard threatening that if Chow or Williams did not find said ‘shoes’ by nightfall, one or both could face fatal consequences.

Additionally, the Police High Command issued a statement lauding the work done by law enforcement in the case while revealing the challenges encountered during the trial, detailing accusations of witness tampering, death threats, obeah ritualism and attempts to pervert the course of justice. The full statement can be read here.

Kartel, along with two others, faces an Aug. 11 court date, facing two conspiracy charges in relation to the Williams case.

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Vybz Kartel to stand trial in murder cases this fall

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel will finally have his day in court as the prominent deejay prepares to stand trial in both of his ongoing murder cases

The internationally acclaimed entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, will appear in court on October 29 where he will stand trial in relation to the shooting death of St. Catherine based promoter  Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton. Vybz Kartel faces three allegations in that case, including murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession for a firearm. The co-accused in that matter are Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald.

A week later, on November 5, Kartel will answer to accusations in another case as he prepares to stand trial in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

Co-accused of murder in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case include Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Calvin ‘Moonie Haye, Shawn Williams, Kahira Jones ad Andre St. John aka Mad Suss.

Kartel’s long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and studio engineer, Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry, face obstruction of justice-related charges in the Williams case as they’re each accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Vybz Kartel has been in police custody since last September, when he was arrested in a New Kingston hotel and charged with ganja possession. That charge has since been thrown out.

The self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ copped bail in the Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton murder case this past March but could not capitalize on it due to the fact that he’s been remanded in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams matter.

Kartel’s lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson was expected to file a bail application in the Williams murder case but failed to do so after expressing dissatisfaction at the case being shifted to another judge.

However, Neita-Robertson hinted that she would apply for bail on behalf of her client sometime between the two trial dates.

 

 

 

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Kartel remanded again, booked for June court date

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel faces a longer wait regarding a decision on bail as he has been remanded once more in one of his murder cases.

Appearing in the Home Circuit Court on Friday, a bail application was expected to be made on the Portmore Empire deejay’s behalf in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case. However, the application was delayed, forcing the judge to hand down a June 8 court date for Kartel as well as the co-accused in that matter: Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams, Andre St. John and Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, who’s been on bail since January.

Each of the men stands accused of participating in the killing of Williams during an incident at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence last August.

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Vybz Kartel’s ganja trial to begin next month

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will report to court next month for the beginning of his ganja trial.

The prominent deejay faces a May 22 court date in the matter, which will be resumed after a three month delay. The new trial date was scheduled earlier this week in the absence of Kartel, who was not brought to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on the day of the hearing.

Presiding resident magistrate, Maxine Ellis ruled that a writ must be issued for Kartel’s release from a Spanish Town based jail where he’s currently being kept in order to ensure that he makes the May court date.

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Vybz Kartel remanded again, to return to court later this month

The same result has played out once again for prominent Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel in his ongoing murder case.

The incarcerated Portmore Empire leader was once again remanded when he appeared in the Supreme Court in Kingston on Friday in relation to the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial. The Dancehall entertainer, who has been in custody since late September of last year, stands accused of murder, perverting the course of justice and conspiring to pervert the course of justice in the case.

Kartel’s Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Storm as well as his designer, Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, Andre St. John, Kahira Jones and Shane Williams are also accused of murder in the Williams case.

All five men are expected to return to court on April 27.

Meanwhile, Justice Majorie Cole Smith has ordered the Crown to release electronic recordings implicating Kartel in the Williams murder case to the deejay’s defense team.

Kartel’s lawyer Valerie Neita-Robertson stated that she has not received a copy of the audio and video recordings from the prosecution, thus being unable to make a bail application on the artiste’s behalf.

Vybz Kartel and his co-accused are alleged to have participated in the beating death of Williams that took place at a residence in Havendale, St. Andrew last August.

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Vybz Kartel hit with two new charges in murder case

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, now faces two additional charges in one of his murder cases.

On Wednesday morning, the prominent entertainer was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice regarding the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder case. Kartel’s Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa Saddler, otherwise known as Gaza Slim, also stands charged with the same offences.

Law enforcement officials insist that they possess a cellular phone containing a text message in which Vybz Kartel allegedly ordered Gaza Slim to concoct a robbery story in an attempt to aid his legal defense. On October 29, Gaza Slim issued a police report at the Constant Spring Police station; claiming that Williams, the man Kartel’s accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. The police report was filed five days after police charged Kartel in Williams’ murder.

Gaza Slim was formally charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice on Friday and will remain in custody until at least December 19, her next scheduled court appearance. Additionally, Kartel’s expected to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on that dat.

Kartel, Gaza Slim, fellow Portmore Empire member, Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Cayro Jones and Calvin Haye aka Moonie are jointly charged in the Williams case. Furthermore, reports indicate that a sixth person will face charges in the case.

Meanwhile, Kartel faces another court appearance later this month regarding his other murder case in which he and three other men allegedly shot and killed, Barrington “Bossie” Burton, a St. Catherine businessman/promoter this past July.

 

 

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Vybz Kartel likely to face new charges in murder case this week, police claim

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, otherwise known as Vybz Kartel, will likely face new charges this week regarding one of his murder cases.

Kartel already faces a drug-related charge stemming from his initial arrest in September as well as charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the July killing of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton. Additionally, the self-professed, “Worl’ Boss” stands accused of killing Clive “Lizard” Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St Catherine, this past August.

Now, the head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell intimates that Kartel will additional charges with regards to the Williams murder case. According to ACP Powell, charges of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice will be issued against the internationally acclaimed deejay later this week.

 “Kartel will be charged soon, I can’t commit to say which day he will be charged, but he will definitely have an additional charge on which to seek bail,”  ACP Powell told one876entertainment.com on Monday.

Kartel’s Portmore Empire protégé, Gaza Slim stands accused of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the court of justice  after police seized a cellular phone containing a text message where “Di Teacha” allegedly orders her to falsify a robbery. On October 29, Gaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station, claiming she was robbed and gun-butted by the aforementioned Clive “Lizard” Williams. Gaza Slim filed the report five days after Kartel was charged in Williams’ murder.  

Kartel and the co-accused in the Williams case, fellow protégé, Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, personal designer, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Cayro Jones are scheduled for a court appearance later this month in the matter.

 

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Gaza Slim charged in Kartel case

Portmore Empire singjay, Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim, has become the third member of the “Gaza” group to face a charge in relation to a case involving the group’s leader, Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Slim, otherwise known as Vanessa Bling, was formally charged on Friday morning with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder investigation. This took place four days after the Empire singjay turned herself in to the Constant Spring Police after she was named a person of interest in the Kartel matter.

Gaza Slim’ predicament resulted from an alleged false police report that she filed on October 29; claiming that Williams, who Kartel and others stand accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her in Havendale, St. Andrew.

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Vybz Kartel made to wait on bail decision

Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, will have to wait a few more weeks before finding out if he’ll receive bail in his other murder case.

Kartel was granted bail in the sum of JA$3 million on Thursday in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based businessman/promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton this past July. Despite the good news, Kartel could not post bail due to the fact his other murder case, where he’s accused of killing St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive “Lizard” Williams was still pending. A hearing took place on Friday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court where a bail application in the Williams matter would reportedly be presented.

However, during Friday’s hearing, it was revealed that no bail application for Vybz Kartel was made given that documents that should have been served to the deejay’s defense team weren’t made available.

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Gaza Slim could face charges in Kartel case, may have lied to police

The Portmore Empire’s legal woes could mount once again as one of the group’s singjays, Gaza Slim, could stand accused of lying to police in one of Vybz Kartel’s murder cases.

Gaza Slim, whose real name is Vanessa Saddler, was named a person of interest by law enforcement officials on Thursday. She was asked to report to the Constant Spring Police by midday Friday for questioning following weeks on unsuccessful attempts to contact the singjay. It remains unknown if she has complied with their request.

Reportedly, Gaza Slim issued a report to police this past October, claiming that she was robbed and gun-butted by Clive “Lizard” Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. Williams, a former dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine is one of the men Vybz Kartel stands accused of killing. The report was filed on October 29, five days after Kartel was charged for murder in the case.

On Friday, several reports emerged that police possess phone records indicating that Kartel and Gaza Slim tried to stage a false robbery in an attempt to aid the defense case for the self-proclaimed, “Worl’ Boss.”

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Gaza Slim named a person of interest

Yet another Portmore Empire member has been named a person of interest since the group’s leader, Vybz Kartel was arrested this past September.

Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim was officially listed as a person of interest by law enforcement officials in Kingston. According to detectives from the Constant Spring Police, several attempts were made to get in contact with the Dancehall singjay but have yet to locate or hear back from her.

Gaza Slim was a subject of some controversy in relation to one of Vybz Kartel’s murder cases as news surfaced over a month ago that she filed a report with the St. Andrew North police.

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Kartel granted bail but remains in jail

World-renowned Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been granted bail regarding to one of his murder charges.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner, The embattled entertainer was offered bail in the sum of JA$3 million by Supreme Court judge, Justice Bertram Morrison, in relation to the murder of St. Catherine businessman, Barrington “Bossie” Burton in July. This resulted from a successful bail application made in chambers by his defense lawyers, Tom Tavares-Finson and Chris Tavares-Finson.

As a condition of his bail, Kartel must report daily to the Constant Spring Police Station, where his cases were originally brought forward.

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Vybz Kartel remanded once more, faces two new court dates

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will have to wait until at least the week prior to Christmas for his next hearing.

Kartel, who faces two murder-related and one drug-related charge issued following his September 29 arrest, was remanded into police custody following a hearing in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning. The presiding magistrate in the matter denied Kartel bail; ordering the Portmore Empire deejay to return to court on December 21 when documents pertaining to one of his murder cases will be served to his defense lawyers.

Additionally, Kartel was handed a February 3, 2012 court date where when a preliminary enquiry relating to the murder of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton will be given to Kartel defense team.

Kartel, along with two other men, is accused of shooting and killing Burton while he stood on Walker’s Lane in Gregory Park, St. Catherine this past July. Additionally, the self-dubbed “Worl’Boss” along with his road manager, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Empire protégé’, Shawn Storm, face murder charges in relation to the killing of St. Catherin based dancer, Clive “Lizard” Williams in August.

Kartel also faces a ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest in September at a New Kingston hotel.

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Vybz Kartel implicated in five more murders, expected to face additional charges

Legal woes for embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer could mount following a shocking revelation that the popular deejay could face more murder charges.

Kartel currently resides in a Constant Spring jail, facing two murder charges that allegedly took place this past summer. One October 3, The self-professed “Worl’ Boss” was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the shooting death of Barrington “Bossie” Burton, 27, a businessman/promoter from Gregory Park, St. Catherine. Three weeks later, Kartel was charged in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine. Kartel’s Portmore Empire proteges, Shawn Storm and Andre “Mad Suss” St. John, his designer, Calvin “Moonie Haye as well as Cayro Jones were jointly charged in Williams’ murder.

On Thursday morning, reports surfaced that law enforcement officials are investigating Vybz Kartel in five other murder cases.

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Police officers possibly facing corruption charges in Kartel murder case

The ongoing circus that is the trial of embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer may have taken another turn; this time involving the police.

According to the Jamaica Observer, six police officers assigned to the Gun Court Remand Centre could be facing corruption charges after they were allegedly caught on video taking money from one of Vybz Kartel’s relatives. Kartel currently sits in a Kingston-based jail where he faces two murder charges and a drug-related charge, all issues within the last month and a half.

Now it’s being reported that investigators from the police Anti-Corruption Branch followed one of the six police officers from the Gun Court Remand Centre to the home of Kartel’s relative, where he videotaped the law enforcement official taking money from her. Allegedly, the video shows the officer accepting money from the relative of the popular deejay.

Additionally, reports revealed that the officer also accepted money from one of the suspects in Kartel’s murder trial in exchange for visitation rights. Subsequently, the suspect was not searched before being allowed into an area of the Constant Spring lock-up off limits to the public; spending a considerable amount of time with Kartel while law enforcement officials allowed the illegal meeting to take place.

As a result, the police officer, along with five other law enforcement officials were transferred from the Gun Court Remand Centre while Vybz Kartel has since been moved to the Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road due to the alleged incident

The Portmore Empire deejay faces murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of firearm charges in relation to the murder of Barrington “Bossie” Burton, a businessman/promoter from St. Catherine. Furthermore, Kartel, along with long-time protégé, Shawn Storm, designer, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Cayro Jones were jointly charged with the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine .

All of the accused were remanded into police custody until December 2.

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Gaza Slim robbed by man Kartel’s accused of killing?

In what can only be described as a bizarre circumstance, Portmore Empire singer, Gaza Slim, insists that she was recently robbed by a man her mentor, Vybz Kartel, stands accused of killing.

According to reports, the artiste otherwise known as Vanessa Bling issued a report to the St. Andrew North police that a man, claiming to be Clive Williams, robbed and pistol-whipped her while she walked along Coolshade Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew. Williams, otherwise called “Lizard,” is one of the men that embattled Dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel, allegedly killed during an August incident in Havendale. Williams’s body hasn’t been found since.

In the report, Gaza Slim explained that on the night of October 29, she was jumped by the man; hitting her in the face with a gun and stealing her Blackberry cellphone.

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