Vybz Kartel murder trial continues.
There is a tense atmosphere in the Home Circuit court right now as Justice Lennox Campbell continue to instruct the jury on what they should deliberate on.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, along with “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams are jointly charged for the murder of their former associate Clive “Lizard” Williams.
Today the judge told the 11-member jury that they should not return a guilty verdict base on the lyrical content of Vybz Kartel songs.
Justice Lennox Campbell also asked the jury to first determine if Clive “Lizard” Williams is dead.
Clive Williams body has not been found.
But Justice Lennox Campbell says the jury can determine his death base on circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution. However, if they have doubts that he is dead then they should return a not guilty verdict.
The judge also made mention about the tremendous amount of evidence that suggest that Vybz Kartel was upset that the guns were missing.
At that time Kartel’s lawyer intervene and told the judge, “My Lord with the greatest of respect we have said the voice notes were manipulated.”
The judge responded saying, “Note that Mr. Palmer has not denied that the voice in the voice note is his.”
Justice Lennox Campbell told the jury not to reach their verdict base on an sympathy for the victim’s family or the five accused men. He also said they should not be prejudice base on the involvement of guns.
The judge stress to the jury that they should reach a verdict purely based on the evidence presented to them.
Get the full transcript below and on next pages:
Madam foreman and your members you have heard all the evidence in this case since November. You have heard 24 witnesses for the prosecution and in my estimation four for the defence. We have had frequent adjournments. You have heard 6 closing addresses from Counsel at the bar.
It is now my duty to sum up the evidence to tell you what the law is and assist you in coming to your verdict.
Madam foreman and your members, you will recall at the beginning of these proceedings you all took an oath, some took an affirmation – and remember that is of great significance. It should not be treated lightly.