Will Vybz Kartel be retried? Loop Jamaica

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Court of Appeal to start hearing arguments today

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June 10, 2024 08:56 AM ET

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Justices Marva McDonald-Bishop, Paulette Williams, and David Fraser will today start hearing arguments to determine whether entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused should be retried for the alleged murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

The matter is set to get under way in the Court of Appeal at 9:30am today.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, along with Andre St John, Kahira Jones, and Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell were charged with Williams’ murder in 2011. 

They were convicted three years later, in March 2014, and sentenced to life in prison. 

After the Court of Appeal upheld their convictions in 2020, the now co-accused took the matter to Jamaica’s final court of appeal, the Privy Council in the United Kingdom.

On March 14 this year, the Privy Council quashed their convictions due to juror misconduct and ordered that the Court of Appeal decide on whether there should be a retrial for the men.

Palmer, St John, Jones, and Campbell have all denied any involvement in the killing of Williams.

When the matter gets under way in the Court of Appeal today, Kartel and St John will be represented by attorney Isat Buchanan, Campbell will be represented by Bert Samuels, and Jones will be represented by John Clarke.

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