Vybz Kartel: Dancehall Star Guilty Of Murder
Jamaican dancehall reggae star Vybz Kartel has been found guilty of murdering a man he believed had stolen guns from him.
Amid heavy security outside the Home Circuit Court in Jamaican capital Kingston, a jury of 11 people took less than two hours to return a 10-1 verdict on Kartel and three of his associates.
The 38-year-old and his four co-defendants had denied the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams in August 2011.
Shawn Campbell, aka Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones and Andre St John, were also found guilty of the killing. They will be sentenced on March 27.
A fourth man, Shane Williams, was the only accused to be found not guilty.
Authorities say Williams was beaten to death at Kartel's home after being lured there to answer for two missing illegal guns. His body has never been found.
Police told the court they retrieved a text message from Kartel's phone saying Mr Williams was chopped up into a "mincemeat" so fine that his remains would never be found.
Defence lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson had told jurors the prosecution's case against Kartel was "dishonest" and "incompetent".
He pointed out that witness statements and a compact disc with evidence saved on it had somehow gone missing.
Another murder case against Kartel and two other co-defendants collapsed last year after prosecutors failed to produce evidence to prove allegations that the trio killed businessman Barrington 'Bossy' Burton in 2011.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, has been one of Jamaica's biggest dancehall performers for a decade. He is known for innovative, but often violent lyrics.
Despite him being in jail since he was charged almost three years ago, his songs are played widely and many young Jamaicans consider him a hero. World-record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt has said Kartel is his favourite artist.
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