Kartel anxious as his murder case winds down
BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment firstname.lastname@example.org
TOM Tavares-Finson, lead attorney representing jailed dancehall deejay Vbyz Kartel, says his client is anxious as his murder case winds down.
"He's anxiously awaiting the verdict of the jury and very relieved that he got the opportunity to deliver his statement to the court," Tavares-Finson told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
Tavares-Finson, who described the case as a benchmark due to the volume of telecoms evidence, said Kartel's general impression is that his emotional statement on Wednesday was well received.
"He is quietly confident in his legal team," said Tavares-Finson.
In addition to Tavares-Finson, Kartel is being represented by Christian Tavares-Finson.
Kartel (given name Adidja Palmer) is jointly charged for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams of Waterford, St Catherine. Entertainer Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahiro Jones, Shane Williams and André St John are also charged.
In his plea, the entertainer came close to tears as he addressed the 11-member jury at the Supreme Court in Kingston. He asked them not to judge him by his appearance as his tatoos and bleached skin were tools of his trade.
Tavares-Finson said to maintain his sanity, Kartel writes music, reads and focuses on several social projects he wants to implement in Portmore, St Catherine, where he grew up.
"I saw him with Tom Reiss's book, The Black Count. It is a historical account of French General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas," he said.
Tavares-Finson, who expects a verdict by the next two weeks, expressed confidence that his client will be exonerated.
"I am confident about my legal team, supported by the technical staff, research staff, and the telecoms experts have done their best. I too anxiously await the verdict and the Big Man above," he said.
Kartel, who has been in jail since September 2012, is known for hits like Clarks (featuring Popcaan), Emergency and Romping Shop (done with Spice). His latest album, Kartel Forever Trilogy, was released last September.