Jamaican Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

The wait is finally over. The jury in the Vybz Kartel murder trial reached a verdict earlier today: Guilty. But the verdict itself is as rife with controversy as the trial had been.

Tweets from journalist and blogger Emily Crooks were coming seconds apart, as she reported on the situation in downtown Kingston:

Some of her tweets contained photos of Kartel's supporters gathering outside the court; others showed the heavy police presence in the island's capital:

Earlier in the afternoon, there was speculation as to whether the judge was even inclined to hand over the case to the jury – the tension outside the court was palpable:

Anticipation on social media mounted once Crooks tweeted that the judge had indeed sent the jury to deliberate:

Soon, Crooks began crunching the numbers when it came to the way the jury would vote:

As it turned out, the jury came back with a 10:1 guilty verdict amidst rumours that one of the jurors attempted to bribe the others. Sadly, the hearsay turned out to be true:

In the end, the attempt didn't affect the outcome of the trial and word soon began to spread about the decision of the jury:

Adidja Palmer – GUILTY
Shawn Campbell – GUILTY
Kahira Jones – GUILTY
Shane Williams – Not GUILTY
Andre St John – GUILTY
Kartel, 38, whose real name is Adidja Palmer and his co-accused went on trial on November 20 in the Home Circuit Court.

Emily Crooks tweeted the judge's response to the outcome:

Then the action really started, as Kartel's supporters, not liking the decision, became more vocal:

The situation continued to escalate; up to two hours ago, protests were still taking place:

Some netizens seemed overwhelmed by the barrage of information on the breaking story, while others joked about it:

Dancehall Worldwide shared a video on Facebook that demonstrated the anger of the crowd:

Some Twitter users were irritated by the protests:

…while other entrepreneurial types made the most of the situation on the streets:

The calls for Kartel's freedom continued, and dominated the evening's news coverage:

On Facebook, blogger Annie Paul, who was also following the trial, observed that amidst all the hype of the trial, the murder victim was somehow dismissed from being top of mind:

really glad i caught the tail end of @djmillerJA's interview w Lizard William's sister, he really has been forgotten in all this.

She quipped:

Scandal going to seem tame tonight after ‪#‎KartelMurderTrial‬ verdict…‪#‎Guilty‬

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