|Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm|
There is a tense atmosphere over Vybz Kartel’s camp as the
dancehall star awaits the appeal court’s verdict.
The three-judge panel in the Jamaica Court of Appeal is now
deliberating the case presented before them by the defense and
prosecution. The court aired arguments from both sides over a one
and a half week span including some bombshell revelation about
prosecutorial misconduct and perceived bias from the trial judge. A
representative for the Gaza camp told Urban Islandz on Monday
that Vybz Kartel and his team are nervous as they sit tight and
await the verdict.
“Everyone nervous even the boss [Vybz Kartel] tense because we
don’t know when and what the verdict will be,” a rep for the deejay
told us. “We are confident in what our lawyers presented in court but
as I previous state, the system will try to keep us down, so we are
hoping for the best.”
The defense attorneys have also expressed their confidence in
winning this appeal after presenting a rock solid argument in the
Appeal Court this month. Nevertheless, the prosecution pushed back
hard while asking the judges to keep the four accused men behind
Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John are all
now serving life for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Cops say
the four men beat Williams to death on August 16, 2011. The defense
team contends that law enforcement conjured up evidence including
text messages and tampered phone to secure a conviction. Kartel’s
lawyers also asked the judges not to order a new trial, but to,
instead, exonerate the four men of the murder conviction.
Vybz Kartel and his co-accused have maintained their innocence
and are now patiently awaiting their appeal verdict. The court
didn’t give a timeline on when they would arrive at a verdict but
noted that some priority would be put on the case since it is of great
interest to the public.