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No verdict for Buju

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

No verdict for Buju

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Jamaican reggae singer Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie will have to wait until next week to know his fate in his drug and cocaine trial in the United States. At 9:40 this morning the 12-member jury retired to consider a verdict. However, at the close of court at 4:30 this afternoon there was still no decision. This means that the jury will have to continue its deliberation on Tuesday, since Monday will be President’s Day – a national holiday in the United States.
Before the jury retired, the prosecution, led by Jim Preston, asked the jury to find Buju guilty on all four charges brought against him. However Buju’s lawyer David Oscar Markus said the US government has not proven beyond all reasonable doubt that the crimes have been committed. He asked for a not guilty verdict on all counts. The charges Buju faces are: – Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. – Attempting to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine – Knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm in furtherance of and during the course of a drug-trafficking crime – Aiding and abetting others in using a communication facility in the commission of a felony. (The Gleaner)