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Vybz Kartel trial: Defence to respond to submissions in Vybz Kartel murder trial

Published:Monday | July 22, 2013 | 12:09 PM

The defence at the Vybz Kartel murder trial is now preparing to respond to submissions by the prosecution to get key witness statements admitted into evidence.



A hearing of the application which began in the absence of the jury last Tuesday is continuing at this hour.



Already, the prosecution has called several witnesses and and made legal arguments based on their testimonies.



Following the response of the defence, Justice Bryan Sykes is expected to make a ruling.



The prosecution is seeking to have two statements admitted into evidence under section 31 (D) of the Evidence Act.



That section addresses the admission of witness statements in situations where a witness cannot be located or is not available.



The application is being made in the absence of the 12-member jury.



Three witnesses have so far testified at the trial which began last Monday in the Home Circuit Court.



Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson are jointly charged with the July 2011 shooting death of the St Catherine businessman, Barrington “Bossy” Burton.



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