Juror Arrested in Kartel trial

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A juror at the Vybz Katel murder trial has been taken into custody on allegations of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

It is understood that the juror approached another juror and offered a bribe in exchange for a not guilty verdict.

The juror is likely to appear before court tomorrow.

The eleven-member jury began deliberating at 3:45 p.m.

Initially, the eleven-member jury deliberated for 1 hour and 53 minutes before returning a 10-1 verdict.

They were sent back to reconsider because the verdict was not unanimous and was reached under two hours.

The jurors then went back to consider the matter before again returning to the courtroom.

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.

They had been in custody since September 2011.

They were charged with the murder of 27-year-old Clive 'Lizard' Williams, of Waterford, St Catherine.

The Crown represented by senior deputy director of public prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, and Crown Counsel Leighton Morris alleged that on August 16, 2011 'Lizard' was beaten to death at Kartel's house at 7 Swallowfield Avenue, Havendale, St Andrew over two missing guns.

The prosecution relied on circumstantial evidence and common design to prove its case against the men.

Those found guilty are to return to court for sentencing on March 27.

The defence attorneys have indicated their intention to appeal.

Kartel and five other men had been charged with William's murder, but at the start of the trial in November last year, the fifth co-accused, fashion designer, Calvin Haye, was freed after the Crown offered no evidence against him.

**SOURCE JAMAICA GLEANER***

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