Vybz Kartel Appeal | Judge Puzzled Damning Text Made Six Weeks Before Lizard’s Murder
The metadata for one of the damning text messages which prosecutors used to convict top entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm of murder was created six weeks before the victim’s death, one attorney has told the Appeal Court.
Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for Shawn Storm, was referring to the text message reportedly found on one of the mobile phones taken from Kartel in which it was said that Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams “chop up fine, fine.”
Samuels was making her submissions in the appeal filed by the two entertainers against their conviction and prison sentence.
She said evidence presented during their 17-week murder trial that ended in April 2014 showed that the metadata was created on July 6, 2011, six weeks before prosecutors claim Williams was killed.
Samuels noted, too, that there was evidence that the mobile phones taken from Kartel were used while the instruments were in the custody of the police.
“This one has left me puzzled,” said Samuels, who along with Isat Buchanan and Daynia Allen, represent Shawn Storm.
The panel of three judges hearing the appeal appeared surprised by the assertion.
“Our silence was sharing in your puzzlement,” said president of the Court of Appeal Justice Dennis Morrison, who along with justices Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, are hearing the case.
Samuels said this raises “more than a reasonable doubt” about the integrity of the evidence, which should not have been put to the jury.
(Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer)