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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Co-accused set free as jury selection ends

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2013 | 11:49 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

One of the co-accused involved in the murder trial of entertainer Vybz Kartel was this morning set free as all 12 members of the jury were selected allowing for arguments to begin.

Fashion designer Calvin Haye was released after the prosecution said it found no evidence against him.

His lawyer, Diane Jobson, said the Crown did the right thing and questioned it they took so long to release her client.

Haye was jointly charged with Kartel, entertainer Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm, André St John, Shane Williams and Kahira Jones for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

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.

Meanwhile, in his opening statement to the jury, prosecutor Jeremy Palmer said the case was one of common design and joint enterprise to end the life of Williams.

He said the accused managed to get Williams to a house and ended his life over a dispute of property.

He told the jurors that the case is not a referendum on dancehall or culture but a murder case in which they must decide whether the five accused are guilty or not guilty of murder.


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