Kingston, Jamaica. latest news on vybz kartel’s court Case. The defense in the murder trial of Dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel this morning morning suggested that the prosecution’s main witness Lamar Chow made up the story of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams’ murder, with the help of the police, to get off of a gun charge.
Vybz Kartel, and the other four accused for the killing of dancer Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams returns today to the Home Circuit Court in downtown, Kingston. The Police believes that dancer ‘Lizard’ was murdered on August 16, 2011 two(2) years ago at Vybz karel’s Home in Havendale, St Andrew.
The prosecution is depending on the witness to present a credible case against Kartel and four other men on trial for the August 16, 2011, murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Chow said that on the night of August 16, 2011 when he went home he was given a gun to lock which he buried.
When questioned by the judge, what he meant by lock Chow explained that it meant to hide it.
Attorney Pierre Rogers suggested that he made up the story about Kartel and the other men killing Lizard after the police went to his yard and found that he had a gun.
When asked if he had told the police about the gun he had hidden he said yes but he was not charged in connection with the weapon.
The witness denied suggestions by the defense that he made up a story with the help of the police.
Rogers also suggested to him that when he told lies it was the details that gave him trouble.
However, the witness responded saying he does not tell big lies but admitted that in his 25 years he has told little lies.
He then exclaimed that everybody tell lies and denied suggestions that he was telling half-baked stories to the court.
The witness said he was not charged by the police but denied that this was in exchange for him making up a story about Kartel.
He said that he wasn’t charged because the police did not find the gun he has.
Rogers then said that the witness “sold the accused men for 30 pieces of silver just like Judas did Jesus”.
The witness’s aunt, who he said was present when he gave his statement to the police on August 24, 2011, was brought into court this morning.
The witness again denied that he gave the woman a letter to take to the Public Defender.
Lamar Chow told the court that he and Shawn ‘Storm’ Campbell were childhood friends. He also said it was more than one gun that went missing.
Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer; Shawn Campell alias ‘Shawn Storm’; Kahira Jones; Andre St. John and Shane Williams are jointly on trial for the August 2011 murder of Portmore dancer Clive ‘Lizard” Williams.
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel and his five co-accused have pleaded not guilty in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial in the Home Circuit Court.
The not-guilty plea was entered this morning.
The case has been adjourned until tomorrow when jury selection is expected to be completed.
Nine of 12 jurors were selected today.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm, fashion designer Calvin Haye, André St John, Shane Williams and Kahira Jones.
It is alleged that Williams was killed at Kartel’s home in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011.
It is further alleged that Williams was killed after he and another man were taken to the entertainer’s house to account for a lost firearm.
The other man is expected to be the prosecution’s main witness.
Williams’ body has not been found.
However, the police have reported that they have video and audio recordings linking Vybz Kartel and his co-defendants to the killing.
Justice Lennox Campbell is presiding over the case being marshalled by lead prosecutor, Jeremy Taylor.
Kartel is being represented by attorney-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson
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Not known for entertaining lyrical confrontations throughout his illustrious career, Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mr. Vegas now seeks to break this mold by challenging one of the genre’s clash kings and long-time rival, Bounty Killer at STING 2013.
On Thursday, Vegas made his intention to clash the ‘War Lord’ public and insists he will not back down from Bounty at Dancehall’s most hyped showcase.
“I just put it out there to let it be known that mi a big man now and mi nah mek nuhbody feel like dem can cow mi down,” Vegas told the Jamaica STAR.
Vegas and Bounty’s years of verbal exchanges came to a head in September after a recent performance in which Vegas donned 70s plaid clothes and a fake afro, with the ‘Grung Gaad’ and his fans ridiculing the outfit. The seemingly petty argument turned into a flat out war of words with everything being questioned, from Vegas’ sexuality to Bounty’s status within the music.
Vegas later claimed that his relationship with an ex-girlfriend of Bounty’s was the reason behind this deep-seeded dislike his fellow deejay showed towards him.
Despite having no clashing experience, Mr. Vegas says he has studied enough about the history of Dancehall and the art of lyrical warfare that gives him the confidence to clash Bounty Killer and said he would even turn down his show in Dubai, scheduled for the same day as STING, just to confront the Alliance leader.
“Clash is to entertain people with lyrics, not bag a noise and nasty mouth,” he said “So, if a man come wid some fresh new lyrics, then mi wi cancel my show a Dubai and mek Laing run back the promoter food, just to show people sey mi can tek on Goliath.”
Mr. Vegas has even gone as far as to record a diss song against Bounty dubbed Bury Him Fuss, suggesting he is ready for a clash at STING.
Bounty Killer has yet to respond to Vegas’ challenge.
Last year, Bounty Killer was at the centre of another major feud, that time with former Vybz Kartel protégé, Tommy Lee Sparta, with many rumors swirling of a clash between those two at STING. However, Bounty ended that speculation by insisting he would not be at STING and that Tommy Lee Sparta was no established enough for him to take seriously in that setting.
STING 2013, the 30th anniversary of the show, will take place at Jamworld in St. Catherine on Dec., 26.
Usain Bolt (JAM) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) were today named the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year for 2013.
Bolt, who won the award for the fifth time, and Fraser-Pryce, a first-time winner, received their trophies at this evening’s IAAF World Athletics Gala held at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté.
The awards were hosted by International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, who presented the trophies to the Male and Female winners.
Both athletes will also receive a prize of US$100,000.
Usain Bolt, 27, previously the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, successfully defended both his 100m and 200m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, winning the latter final in a 2013 world-leading time of 19.66.
He concluded his World Championships by anchoring a Jamaican quartet to the gold medals in the 4x100m Relay. Bolt won 10 out of his 11 100m races (including heats), and was unbeaten in his five races over 200m.
“This season will be the one to go for the (200m) World record,” announced Bolt.
“I want to get ready to attack the World record,” he added, hinting that below 19 seconds was the target.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 26, regained her 100m title at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, winning in 10.71 which remained the fastest time of the year. After having run the fastest time of the year in the 200m, 22.13 at the Jamaican championships in June, she went on to win the gold medal over the longer distance in Moscow.
Like her compatriot Bolt, she also anchored the Jamaican 4x100m team to victory, a national record and the second fastest time in history.
“I’m shocked and excited. It’s something that has been a dream of mine,” said a delighted Fraser-Pryce, who becomes the second Jamaican woman to win, after Merlene Ottey in 1990.
“Not all the time do things happen that we want to happen, but this did,” she added.
IAAF RISING STAR AWARD
Mary Cain (USA)
Cain, 17, has set numerous US junior and high school middle-distance records and age-bests since the start of the year and became the youngest athlete ever to represent the USA at the IAAF World Championships after qualifying for the 1500m, making the final in Moscow.
She ran 800m in 1:59.51 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene to become the first US youth, junior or high school female runner to go under two minutes and improved the US junior 1500m record by almost five seconds when she ran 4:04.62 this summer.
IAAF COACHING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alberto Salazar (USA)
Salazar was an outstanding distance runner in the 1980s, winning the New York City Marathon on three consecutive occasions from 1980-1982. He also won the 1982 Boston Marathon and finished second at the 1982 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
As a coach based in Oregon, Salazar has guided the career of Great Britain’s double Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships gold medallist Mo Farah as well as a host of top US international runners including Galen Rupp and IAAF Rising Star of the Year Mary Cain.
IAAF WORLD JOURNALIST AWARD
Gianni Merlo (ITA)
Merlo is a journalist with the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport and has also been the President of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), the global body representing sports journalists, since 2005.
MALE MASTERS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Charles Allie (USA)
Competing in the M65 division, Allie broke outdoor World records in the 200m and 400m this year, running 24.65 and 56.09 respectively and set an indoor world best of 25.41 in the 200m.
FEMALE MASTERS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Christa Bortignon (CAN)
Bortignon, competing in the W75 category, won eight gold medals at the 2013 World Masters Athletics Championships. She holds six W75 World records.
IAAF HALL OF FAME – 2013 INDUCTEES