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Vybz Kartel Trial: Defense Closing Statements, Large Crowd Outside Court

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Tom Tavares-Finson, the lead attorney for dancehall star Vybz Kartel, made his closing remarks in the drawn out murder trial today.

The veteran lawyer spoke directly to the 11-member jury telling them that the prosecution case is weak, naked and exposed.

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Tavares-Finson says the case is nothing short of a conspiracy to convict his client for a crime he did not commit. He called the prosecution incompetent and it’s witnesses liars. The lawyer says that under cross-examination the prosecution witnesses, who sworn to tell the truth, were exposed, leaving their case naked.

He also told the jury that the prosecution left them to make judgement on a case that is fill with dishonesty and incompetency.

Tom Tavares-Finson also complained this morning in court that the defense was served overnight with documents containing statements from prosecution handwriting experts George Dixon and William Smiley. He said the defense did not know about one of the experts and that is a breach of the protocol of disclosure and prosecutorial misconduct.

Tavares-Finson asked the judge to reprimand the prosecution. Justice Lennox Campbell is expected to make a ruling today.

The judge will also be giving the jury instructions for deliberation before sending them off behind closed doors to come up with a verdict.

Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, along with four co-accused Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams are fighting for their lives after being charged with the alleged murder of their former associate Clive “Lizard” Williams.

Williams was beaten to death on August 16, 2011 in Havendale over two missing guns, that the accused men code name shoes.

His body was never found.

There is currently a large crowd of Vybz Kartel supporters outside the Supreme Court in Kingston. Police officers are trying to maintain order.

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  • this me

    seet deh, them soon leggo, gaza fi do road, di yutes them great, mek di man do somn great fi JA. mi agree wid finson, conspiracy.

  • shawn occonnor

    Conspiracy at its worst

  • InaGotovina

    Addi,the catalyst. Showed the whole world what system corruption is really like. Cant wait for his well deserved freedom!

  • Stephen Higgins

    Kartel and his friends are the ones who Killed Lizard and attempted to pervert the course of Justice.

    Who are Kartel friends
    1) 4 other accused
    2) Corrupt Elements Of JCF

    Listen Kartel and his friends were not selected randomly as the best person to be charged for this crime – the victim told his girlfriend to call the police and tell them what he fairs is going to happen to him – You GAZA people never read that information

    • YoungJason

      suk yu mumma worl’ boss finna touch d road .

      • Stephen Higgins

        I would if I was still a baby not much older than you

  • Stephen Higgins

    The text messages that Lizard sent to his girl-friend did not come from a CD.