Vybz Kartel Appeal | Court cuts time to hear legal arguments
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The Court of Appeal has slashed two weeks off the time that was allotted to hear the appeal filed by incarcerated entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm to quash their murder conviction and lengthy prison sentence.
In 2014, Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, and Shawn Storm, born Shawn Campbell, along with Kahira Jones and Andre St John were convicted for killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in August 2011.
The Court of Appeal began hearing their case today and was scheduled to continue doing so for three weeks.
However, following a ruling by President of the Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison, who is presiding over the case, the hearing is now set for one week, starting next Monday.
"Each appellant has up to one day to make the points you wish to make..." Morrison said.
Jeremy Taylor, senior deputy director of public prosecutions, also has one day to respond.
As a result of the change, the appeal was adjourned this week to allow both sides to review their presentations.
This afternoon, the appeal court also granted an application by the convicts' lawyers to allow fresh evidence in the matter.