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VYBZ KARTEL MURDER TRIAL: Defense lawyers complete no-case submissions

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Defense lawyers in the Vybz Kartel case have completed their no-case submissions to a Home Circuit Court judge.




If accepted, it could result in the State’s murder case against Vybz Kartel and his four co-accused being thrown out.



Lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor is to respond to the submissions on behalf of the Crown.



The Crown is alleging that Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer; entertainer Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm; André St John; Shane Williams; and Kahira Jones, murdered Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams on August 16, 2011.



It is alleged that Williams was killed at Kartel’s Havendale, St Andrew house over two missing guns.



The prosecution closed its case yesterday, paving the way for the defense lawyers to make their no-case submissions in the absence of the jury.



Tamika Harris who represents St John and Everton Dewar, Shane Williams’ attorney completed submissions before presiding judge, Justice Lennox Campbell this morning.



Yesterday submissions were completed by Kartel’s lawyers Christian and Tom Tavares-Finson, Pierre Rogers who represents Kahira Jones and Shawn Storm’s lawyer, Michael Lorne.



After the response from the prosecution, Justice Campbell is expected to make a ruling on whether Kartel and his co-accused have a case to answer before the jury returns to court at 2 o’clock.



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