Vybz Kartel murder trial set to begin today in ‘Lizard’ case

After more than two years behind bars, dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel is expected to go on trial today for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

The matter is to be heard in the Home Circuit Court.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin Haye, André St John, Shane Williams and Kahira Jones.

It is alleged that Williams was killed at Kartel’s home in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011.

It is further alleged that Williams was killed after he and another man were taken to the entertainer’s house to account for a lost firearm.

The other man is expected to be the prosecution’s main witness.

Williams’ body has not been found.

However, the police have reported that they have video and audio recordings linking Vybz Kartel and his co-defendants to the killing.

In July, Kartel and his then co-accused were found not guilty of the murder of St Catherine businessman Barrington ‘Bossy’ Burton.

Despite being freed of the murder charge, the controversial entertainer remained in police custody as his bail applications in the ‘Lizard’ murder case were turned down by the courts.

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