The ethical dilemma facing the female juror dismissed from the Vybz Kartel murder trial was real and the presiding judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, was not wrong to discharge her, senior deputy director of public prosecutions Jeremy Taylor has asserted.
Taylor was presenting his legal arguments in the appeal filed by Kartel and three other men to have their murder conviction and prison sentences overturned.
The entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was convicted in 2014, along with his protege, Shawn Storm, as well as Kahira Jones and Andre St John, for killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew in 2011.
Senior deputy director of public prosecutions Jeremy Taylor has told the Appeal Court that the jury in the Vybz Kartel murder trial deliberated for nearly two hours saying this is an indication that their verdict was not rushed.
Taylor was responding this morning to the legal arguments submitted by the attorneys for convicts Kartel, his protÃ©gÃ©, Shawn Storm as well as Kahira Jones and Andre St John.
They are seeking to have their murder convictions and sentences overturned.
In April 2014, the four were convicted for killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew in August 2011.
Last week, their attorneys pointed out that the eleven-member jury was sent out at 3:42 p.m. to consider their verdict.
Valerie Neita-Robertson, Kartel’s lead attorney, said this was against agreed protocols for Jamaican courts and placed undue pressure on jurors to reach a verdict.