by Jodee Brown
Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is expected to be acquitted of murder and gun-related charges in relation to the July 2011 shooting death of St. Catherine businessman after a judge rejected two witness statements submitted by prosecutors in the deejay’s trial.
Multiple reports Tuesday afternoonconfirmed that Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes denied the Crown’s application tohave the witness statements read into evidence, despite the witnesses being absent from testifying in the trial. According to Judge Sykes, the prosecutors did not show enough effort in locating the missing witnesses.
As a result, a hearing will now take place on Wednesday inside the Home Circuit Court, where it is expected that the prosecution will offer no further evidence before the judge directs a 12-member jury to return a not guilty verdict. As a result, Kartel and two co-accused would be acquitted of charges including murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. He along withLenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompsonstand accused of participating in Burton’s death as he walked along Gregory Park in St. Catherine.
Should Kartel be formally acquitted, it will be the second case the controversial entertainer has secured victory in after drug charges stemming from his initial arrest in September 2011 were dropped in June of last year.
However, Kartel will remain in police custody as he awaits the beginning of the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial between Nov. 18 and Dec. 5. Kartel and five other men are accused of participating in the August 2011 killing of Williams, a St. Catherine-based dancer.
Kartel and his long-time protégé, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler along with studio engineer,Andre ‘Pim Pim’ Henry are accused of conspiracy charges in relation to the Williams case.