The eleven-member jury handed down their verdict minutes after 6 PM in Jamaica less than two hours after their deliberations began, Patricia Meschino reports for Billboard. Also found guilty were Palmer’s associates, Shawn Campbell (a.k.a. Shawn Storm) Kahira Jones and Andre St. John; the fourth associate Shane Williams, received the sole non-guilty verdict.
A strong police presence was assembled in downtown Kingston in the vicinity of the Supreme Court where the case was heard as Jamaica and Kartel supporters, as well as detractors, awaited the verdict.
The lead attorneys representing Vybz, Tom Tavares-Finson and Christian Tavares- Finson have steadfastly maintained that the case is a conspiracy by the police to frame their client because the prosecution has failed to present any evidence linking the accused to the murder of Williams.
The 65-day trial is the longest running criminal hearing in the history of Jamaica’s circuit court system. The sentencing date is scheduled for March 27th.
Palmer’s lawyers have indicated they will appeal the verdict.
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