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Jamaican Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

Written by Janine Mendes-Franco On 14 March 2014 @ 3:12 am | 1 Comment

In Caribbean, Citizen Media, English, Jamaica, Law, Media & Journalism, Music, Weblog

The wait [1] is finally over. The jury in the Vybz Kartel murder trial [2] reached a verdict earlier today: Guilty [3]. But the verdict itself is as rife with controversy as the trial had been [4].

Tweets from journalist and blogger [5] Emily Crooks [6] were coming seconds apart, as she reported on the situation in downtown Kingston [7]:

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 [19] amidst rumours that one of the jurors attempted to bribe the others [20]. Sadly, the hearsay turned out to be true [21]:

In the end, the attempt didn't affect the outcome of the trial and word soon began to spread [23] about the decision of the jury [24]:

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 [31] 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 [38] 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 [39]:

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

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URL to article: https://globalvoices.org/2014/03/14/jamaican-dancehall-star-vybz-kartel-found-guilty-of-murder/

URLs in this post:

[1] The wait: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/21/jamaicans-waiting-to-see-if-worldboss-is-found-innocent-or-guilty/

[2] Vybz Kartel murder trial: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/20/is-the-vybz-kartel-trial-an-opportunity-for-jamaica/

[3] Guilty: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Kartel-guilty

[4] the trial had been: https://globalvoicesonline.org/?p=455111&preview=true

[5] blogger: http://thecrooksofthematter.wordpress.com/

[6] Emily Crooks: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide

[7] the situation in downtown Kingston: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/status/444192337489444864

[8] #KartelMurderTrial: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KartelMurderTrial&src=hash

[9] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444194871650566144

[10] #KartelCrowd: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KartelCrowd&src=hash

[11] pic.twitter.com/oTNmqJVlmF: http://t.co/oTNmqJVlmF

[12] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444196580460351488

[13] pic.twitter.com/KHCqFJy7Fz: http://t.co/KHCqFJy7Fz

[14] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444197116261699584

[15] pic.twitter.com/n0oJElWnHy: http://t.co/n0oJElWnHy

[16] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444206106521661440

[17] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444212351588630528

[18] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444235885874540545

[19] a 10:1 guilty verdict: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jurors-return-with-10-1-verdict

[20] rumours that one of the jurors attempted to bribe the others: https://www.facebook.com/annie.paul/posts/10202754806284937?stream_ref=1

[21] the hearsay turned out to be true: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Juror-arrested-in-Kartel-trial

[22] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444253215765561344

[23] word soon began to spread: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151936562441230&set=a.10150106401201230.277987.94678696229&type=1

[24] the decision of the jury: https://www.facebook.com/171380689692217/photos/a.171482743015345.1073741829.171380689692217/274437686053183/?type=1&stream_ref=10

[25] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444251668818182144

[26] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444258953221132290

[27] March 14, 2014: https://twitter.com/emilynationwide/statuses/444263501675368448

[28] #VybzKartelMurderTrial: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23VybzKartelMurderTrial&src=hash

[29] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/sonloray/statuses/444230756010057728

[30] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/Besses/statuses/444239780000595968

[31] Dancehall Worldwide: https://www.facebook.com/DancehallWorldWide

[32] Post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=609281932493929

[33] @I_Got_kush_: https://twitter.com/I_Got_kush_

[34] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/WhytesWorld/statuses/444195613497118720

[35] pic.twitter.com/EFzXDYmIRi: http://t.co/EFzXDYmIRi

[36] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/BrowneyezForeva/statuses/444165141446557697

[37] March 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/rickjam/statuses/444236093953961984

[38] observed: https://www.facebook.com/annie.paul/posts/10202755101132308?stream_ref=1

[39] quipped: https://www.facebook.com/annie.paul/posts/10202755017810225?stream_ref=1

[40] thumbnail image used in this post: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estenh/4163978077/

[41] an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

[42] Esten Hurtle's flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/estenh/

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