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VYBZ KARTEL MURDER TRIAL: Prosecution's star witness to retake stand

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2014 | 5:57 PM

Barbara Gayle Justice Coordinator

The prosecution is to call the final witness tomorrow at the Vybz Kartel murder trial which began in November last year.

Twenty-four witnesses have testified so far.

It is expected that the witness who will take the stand tomorrow is the prosecution’s star witness who had previously given evidence.

The witness is to be recalled in relation to electronic evidence submitted in the case.

The prosecution has submitted text messages, video footage and BlackBerry messages allegedly taken from a BlackBerry cellphone attributed to Kartel.

It is expected that the defence will be making a no case submission after the prosecution closes its case tomorrow.

This afternoon in court, Deputy Superintendent Vernal Thompson testified that he did not carry out any raids or give any orders for a raid at the house of accused Shawn Campbell.

Thompson, who headed the Criminal Investigation Branch of the St Andrew North Police Division at the time of Kartel’s arrest in 2011, was responding to questions from Campbell’s attorney Michael Lorne.

The witness also testified that his intelligence revealed that Campbell was a very good friend of the deceased Clive 'Lizard' Williams and the prosecution’s main witness.

Cross-examined by attorney-at-law Tamika Harris, the policeman said he charged the accused men based on statements, forensics, and evidence from the cybercrimes unit.

Harris is representing Andre St John.

Deputy Superintendent Thompson said he would not charge someone unless he had evidence to do so.

However, the policeman admitted to charging former co-accused Calvin Haye.

Haye was released at the start of the trial after the prosecution said it found no evidence against him.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer; fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell also known as 'Shawn Storm'; Kahira Jones; Shane Williams; and Andre St John are on trial in the Home Circuit Court for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Williams was allegedly killed in relation to two missing guns.


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