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 composer.
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 collaborated with numerous hip-hop and R&B singers and is known for influencing the dancehall-influenced aesthetic of countless western musicians.
Vybz Kartel: Why is he in prison?
A former associate of his, Vybz Kartel, was arrested for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. The trial for the case began on November 18, 2013.
While imprisoned as a songwriter, he produced a remarkable body of work. The “Fever” DJ told FOX 5 reporter Lisa Evers that he believes following the decision of the UK-based Privy Council’s Judiciary Committee, Kartel will be released so he can continue releasing music.
Deejay also said, “God save the Queen,” implying dishonest Jamaican officials were determined to keep him behind bars and that she may be his only chance at justice.
Because an outside expert was able to confirm that the evidence on Kartel’s cellphone was tampered with, Kartel’s lawyer claims he has a good chance of succeeding in the appeals process.
Vybz Kartel was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Clive Williams
Vybz Kartel has been arrested in connection with the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams of Waterford, St Catherine.
In 2011, Vybz was arrested along with Vanessa “Gaza Slim” Saddler and the other three.
Vybz was accused of obstructing the court system after Saddler allegedly claimed Williams stole them to fool police into believing he was alive.
An 11-member jury found Kartel guilty of the March 13 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, 27 (10-1).
On April 3, 2014, the artist was sentenced to life imprisonment. After serving 35 years in prison, Judge Lennox Campbell said he was eligible for parole.
In April 2022, the Court of Appeals lowered his probation rating to 32 years and 6 months. He will reportedly be eligible for parole in 2046.
Justice Campbell’s mistake in forgetting to take into account the musician’s time spent in prison awaiting trial in 2014 was noted.
Where is Vybz Kartel now?
Vybz Kartel is now incarcerated and is serving a life sentence as of 2022. He shared the charges with four other people, including Shawn Storm, his protégé, who was convicted of a felony.
A virtual interview with Vybz, conducted by Fox 5 New York’s Lisa Evers, was the subject of a joint multi-agency investigation last year.
In the first of a two-part documentary about the musician, which aired August 18, 2021, Kartel emerges to discuss the events behind his arrest.
According to urbanislandz.com, he declared his sincerity and claimed that the Jamaican government is keeping him in prison because he scares them.
The rapper also acknowledged that his mental health was better than his physical at the time.
The assets of Vybz Kartel
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Vybz Kartel is expected to have a net worth of $1 million by 2022. Since going to prison, he has recorded three full-length albums.
Despite his imprisonment, he managed to release his most financially successful album to date, King of the Dancehall, in 2016.
In January 2020 he created the 10 track album To Tanesha dedicated to his ex-girlfriend Tanesha Johnson.