March 14, 2014

You could not have done anything else – Judge

Kingston, Jamaica - After five months of trial, six days of summation and four guilty verdicts, Justice Lennox Campbell assured members of the jury that they could not have done anything else as it related to the verdicts.

"You could not have done anything else of this evidence presented here. It was not possible," the judge said.

A few minutes earlier, the 11-member jury, who had deliberated for a little over two hours, returned with four guilty verdicts and one not guilty.

The jurors returned a guilty verdict for Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones and André St John. Shane Williams was found not guilty.

While the four remained expressionless and staring straight ahead, Williams briefly bowed his head after his verdict was read.

After thanking the jurors for their 'responsible and serious approach', he commended them, on behalf of the Jamaican people for having served so well.

Justice Campbell also cautioned the media not to try to ferret information from the jurors - "what happens in the jury room, remains in the jury room."

Those found guilty are to return to court for sentencing on March 27. The defence attorneys have indicated their intention to appeal.

Kartel and five other men had been charged with Clive 'Lizard' Williams' murder, but at the start of the trial in November last year, the fifth co-accused, fashion designer, Calvin Haye, was freed after the Crown offered no evidence against him.

Source: Jamaica Star

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