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Jury in the highly publicised Buju Banton trial might start deciding on the Grammy winning reggae artist faith today.
Yesterday Banton underwent an intense session of grilling from prosecutor James Preston about his involvement in the alleged drug deal that lead to him being on trial now.
Buju Banton also testified yesterday that he was no real drug dealer, and that he was only “talking crap” whenever he spoke to government informant, Alexander Johnson.
But prosecutor James Preston wasted no time in interrogating the artist who he deem the head of a drug trafficking ring. Although the grilling irate him at times, Banton remain passionate about his innocence.
Yesterday, one of reggae King Bob Marley’s son, Stephen Marley along with fellow reggae artist Gramps Morgan gave character testimony on behalf of Banton.
Both defence and prosecution is expected to make their closing statements followed by the jury retiring to decide on Buju Banton faith.
Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, previous trial ended last September in a mistrial, after jury in the case could not reach a unanimous verdict. His second trial began on Monday (February 14) in the Sam M Gibbons Federal court in Tampa, Florida.
Banton is being tried for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine; attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offence; and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offence.
If convicted, Banton faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment and fined up to US$4 million.