Vybz Kartel faith is now sitting in the hands of three Court of Appeal

Some of Vybz Kartel fans will not be too happy about this piece of
news, while others will sit tight and wait for the appeal court to
reach a verdict, which could take weeks or months. The bottom line is
Kartel and his co-accused will not be freed this month. Gazanation
fans were hoping that the aced dancehall star would walk free from
prison this month, or at least know his fate, but that will not happen.
The defense and prosecution wrapped their presentation in the
Jamaica court of appeal on Tuesday (July 24th). President of the
Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison told the court that the
judges have not yet reached a verdict in the week and a half appeal
case. Morrison also revealed that he would not give any indication
when a verdict will be reached but will give the case priority due to
the level of public interest.
Appeal cases in Jamaica can sometimes take weeks to months before a
verdict is reached as the judges carefully examine each appeal case
before handing down a ruling. Vybz Kartel case is a bit unusual in
both the length of the trial and the high level of media and public
A typical appeal case in Jamaica is roughly three days, but Kartel’s
case lasted eight days in the appeal court with the defense taking up
five days to present their arguments. Let’s also not forget that the
2014 murder trial is the longest murder trial in Jamaica’s history.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is now serving life
for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. The “Fever” deejay along
with his three co-accused, Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, and Andre
St John, filed an appeal to have their conviction overturned.
The defense teams argued in court last week that the judge handed
down several questionable rulings and appeared bias against the
accused men in his summation of the evidence. The defense team
also put the prosecution on blast for some unethical decision
regarding allowing the jury to deliberate even though it was tainted.
The defense team, headed by Queens Council Valrie Neita-Robertson,
put some of the evidence under the microscope that she said was
mishandled by law enforcement and may have even tampered with a
cell phone seized from Kartel.
The prosecution claps back saying that some 19 circumstantial
evidence was used to convict the four men and they should remain
in prison.