Vybz Kartel brought to tears in court.
Perhaps it was the moving character testimony from his sister Maureen Nelson, or the thought of spending the rest of his life behind bars, but Vybz Kartel was seen wiping tears from his eyes in court.
His co-accused Andre St. John and Shane Williams also broke down in court while giving unsworn testimony proclaiming their innocence.
All five accused men, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams will have a murder case to answer to according to the judge ruling on a no case submission made by defense attorneys earlier this week.
Vybz Kartel’s sister, Maureen Nelson, who is the vice principal of the Cumberland High School, was the first witness to take the stand for the defense. She gave character testimony telling the court that the deejay grow up in a close-knit family and was the third of six siblings.
Nelson told the court that they went to church every Sunday and they were nicknamed “grill up” because they usually stayed inside. She added that the deejay is very kind and bought his mother a house and father a car when he made it big as a dancehall artiste.
Nelson also told the court that as a Christian and an educator she did not approved of his tattoos and skin bleaching but accepted it because it is apart of his craft.
Lead prosecution attorney Jeremy Taylor grilled Maureen Nelson under cross-examination asking her about Kartel’s music and his friends.
The trial continues today in the Home Circuit court.
According to authorities, the accused men beat Clive “Lizard” Williams to death on August 16, 2011 at a house in Havendale over two missing illegal guns.
His body has yet to be found.
The trial is expected to be wrapped up next week. If convicted Vybz Kartel and his c-accused could be sentenced to life imprisonment.