Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder
Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel was found guilty of a murder that took place in August 2011 in his native Jamaica of a promoter on Thursday.
Kartel, who has been incarcerated for up to three years due to the severity of the trial, appeared weather tested when the judgment came down against him. The jury voted 10-1 finding him guilty as well as three co-defenders implicated in the murder.
The prosecution argued that Kartel had the victim taking to his house over two missing guns and had him beating mercilessly. DNA was not found but a stream of voicemails and text messages became Kartel’s undoing.
Kartel’s lawyer have already said that they would look for an appeal since the “Clarks” star is looking at lifetime imprisonment.
Kartel is also the subject of an investigation for another promoter death. Barrington “Boss” Levy was killed in 2010 and one of Kartel’s weapons has said to been involved in that case. The case is still pending.
Kartel had recently made waves by bleaching his skin. Fans reacted negatively to the bleaching, preferring his natural heritage Black skin to the new complexion.
Kartel will be sentenced on March 27. Another person connected to the Kartel camp was found guilty of bribery after he paid a juror 500,000 for a non-guilty verdict.