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Kartel juror maintains innocence

Saturday, March 29, 2014    

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LIVINGSTON CAIN, the juror accused of attempting to bribe fellow jurors to return not-guilty verdicts in the Vybz Kartel murder trial is still maintaining his innocence in the matter.

"We can't reveal [what the defence] is at this time but he's maintaining his innocence of course, Dian Watson, Cain's attorney, told reporters yesterday after the matter was mentioned in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court in Half-Way-Tree.

Cain's $750,000 bail was extended until April 24, by which time the prosecution is expected to provide the defence with transcript from an in-chambers meeting where the attempted bribery was discussed in the High Court after it was reported. The prosecution is also to turn over a cellphone allegedly used by the jury foreman to record her conversation with Cain.

The items were requested by Watson, who told the court that the defence wishes to have its own expert examine the phone.

Cain is charged with five counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

He is accused of offering the jury foreman in the Kartel murder trial $500,000 for a not-guilty verdict. It is also alleged that Cain told another juror that he would "take care of him" if he returned a not-guilty verdict as well. He is also alleged to have approached

other jurors.

Cain was the only juror to vote not guilty in the conviction of Vybz Kartel, Shaw 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones. A fifth man, Shane Williams, was acquitted. The men were convicted for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams over the disappearance of two illegal guns.

— Paul Henry

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