Kartel murder trial: DNA test did not link blood to murder victim, witness says

Published: Thursday | December 5, 2013 Comments 0

 Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Government forensic analyst Sherron Brydson has testified that she conducted DNA tests in relation to a blood sample allegedly taken from entertainer Vybz Kartel's house in Havendale, St Andrew, but she could not say that the blood belonged to the alleged deceased, Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Brydson, who was testifying yesterday at Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court, said the tests confirmed it was human blood, belonging to a male.

DNA tests were conducted on was a swab of blood, allegedly taken from the living room of the house at 7 Swallowfield Avenue, Kingston 19, which Brydson said the government forensic science laboratory received from the police on August 24, 2011.

"I [also] got a sample from the uncle of the alleged deceased," Brydson said.

She said she took swabs from the mouth of one Daniel Williams and conducted DNA tests, but it did not match when she made comparisons with the sample from the house.

"What could account for that difference?" asked Jeremy Taylor, senior deputy director of public prosecutions.

"That they would be unrelated by father line," Brydson responded."

Cross-examined by attorney-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson, who is representing Kartel, the witness said she also went to the alleged murder scene and collected samples of blood. She said from the tests, she was not able to ascertain ownership of the blood.

She said any report by the police that the blood of Clive Williams was found at 7 Swallowfield Avenue would not have come from her.


Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Michael Lorne, she was asked who suggested that samples be taken from Daniel Williams.

She replied: "At the laboratory, we would ask for family members, since we were not getting a body. We ask for parents, children or near relatives."

She said it was Detective Paul Thomas from the Portmore Police Station who brought Daniel Williams to her.

Police Corporal Shawn Howard from the Organised Crime Investi-gation Division testified of receiving a number of items, including cell phones from a Corporal Pitt on October 3, 2011. He said he recorded details of the items in a book, which was signed by Pitt.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is charged jointly with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, also known as Shawn Storm; Kahira Jones; Shane Williams; and André St John for the August 16, 2011 murder of Williams, who was allegedly killed over two missing guns.

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