Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder

The Jamaican dancehall legend has been convicted of beating an associate to death

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The Jamaican megastar Vybz Kartel has been convicted of killing an associate, Clive "Lizard" Williams, in a dispute over a missing gun.

The 65-day trial was the longest in the history of Jamaica's court system and one of the most high profile cases in recent memory. Police had to cordon off parts of the area surrounding the Supreme Court to prevent supporters of the dancehall kingpin causing disruption outside the trial. A 200 strong crowd showed their support as the jury made their decision, breaking through the barricades chanting, "Free Kartel!"

Sentencing is due to take place on March 27th and Kartel's lawyers are adamant that they will appeal the verdict. A body has never been recovered but police testified that they found a text message on Kartel's phone saying that Williams' body had been chopped into "mincemeat" so fine that it could never be found.

A male juror was arrested on Thursday, charged with attempting to bribe the jury foreman to free Kartel. The jury reached a verdict of 10-1 against the star. This isn't the first time Kartel has been in the dock for murder. Last July, he was found not guilty of killing Jamaican music promoter Barrington Burton in 2011.

Read a Dazed interview with Vybz Kartel here, written just before his murder charge hit the headlines.

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