Vybz Kartel: Why is he in prison? Arrested on suspicion of killing Clive Williams
Adidja Azim Palmer, better known as Vybz Kartel, is a 46-year-old dancehall musician and songwriter.
Using the stage name “Adi Banton” in homage to Buju Banton, he began his career as a young man in 1993 with the release of his track “Love Fat Woman” on Alvin Reid’s “One Heart” label.
He has worked with numerous hip hop and R&B singers and is credited with impacting the dancehall-influenced aesthetic of countless Western musicians.
Vybz Kartel: Why is he in prison?
For the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a former associate of his, Vybz Kartel was taken into custody. The trial in the case began on November 18, 2013.
He produced remarkable work during his incarceration as a songwriter. The ‘Fever’ DJ told FOX 5 reporter Lisa Evers he believes Kartel will be released following the decision of the UK-based Privy Council Judicial Committee so he can continue broadcasting music.
Deejay also said, “God save the Queen”, implying that dishonest Jamaican officials were determined to keep him behind bars and that she might be his only chance for justice.
Because a third-party expert was able to corroborate that the evidence was tampered with on Kartel’s cellphone, Kartel’s attorney says he has a good chance of succeeding on appeal.
Vybz Kartel was arrested on suspicion of killing Clive Williams
Vybz Kartel has been detained in connection with the murder of Waterford, St. Catherine resident Clive “Lizard” Williams.
2011 saw the arrest of Vybz alongside Vanessa “Gaza Slim” Saddler and the other three.
Vybz was charged with obstructing the justice system after Saddler allegedly claimed Williams robbed her in order to trick police into thinking he was still alive.
An 11-person jury found Kartel guilty of the March 13 murder of 27-year-old Clive “Lizard” Williams. (10-1).
On April 3, 2014, the artist was sentenced to life imprisonment. After serving 35 years, he will be eligible for parole, according to Judge Lennox Campbell.
In April 2022, the Court of Appeal reduced his parole eligibility to 32 years and 6 months. He would be eligible to apply for parole in 2046.
Justice Campbell’s error in failing to account for the musician’s time in jail awaiting trial in 2014 has been noted.
Where is Vybz Kartel now?
Vybz Kartel is now incarcerated and serving a life sentence from 2022. He shared a charge with four others, including Shawn Storm, his protege, who was convicted of a felony.
A virtual interview with Vybz conducted by Fox 5 New York’s Lisa Evers was collaboratively investigated by numerous agencies last year.
In the premiere of a two-part documentary about the musician airing August 18, 2021, Kartel makes an appearance to talk about the events leading to his arrest.
He declared his sincerity, according to urbanislandz.com, and claimed that the Jamaican government kept him in jail because he scared them.
The rapper also acknowledged that at that time his mental health was better than his physique.
Vybz Kartel fortune
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Vybz Kartel is expected to have a net worth of $1 million by 2022. Since his incarceration, he has recorded three full albums.
Despite his incarceration, he managed to release his most financially successful album to date, “King of the Dancehall”, in 2016.
In January 2020, he premiered the 10-track album “To Tanesha”, which was dedicated to his ex-girlfriend Tanesha Johnson.