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Vybz Kartel’s murder trial starts

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Vybz Kartel’s murder trial starts

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Three witnesses today testified at the start of the murder trial of dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel. This afternoon a policeman testified that he was on patrol on July 12, 2011, in Portmore, St Catherine. He said he went to Walker’s Avenue where he saw residents running around frantically. The policeman further testified that he observed blood stains along a section of the roadway and spent-shells. He said he cordoned off the area and informed police control. A woman testified that she was at home on the evening of the incident when she heard loud explosions like gunshots coming from the direction of Walker’s Avenue. She said when things calmed down she went to the area where she saw Burton laying on his back and he appeared to be dead. Earlier this morning a crime scene investigator took to the witness stand where he made a PowerPoint presentation of the murder scene in the Gregory Park area of Portmore, St Catherine. He also showed a motor car with brown stains inside. Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson are jointly charged with the July 2011 shooting death of the St Catherine businessman, Barrington ‘Bossy’ Burton. A 12 member jury is hearing the case in the Home Circuit Court with Supreme Court judge, Bryan Sykes presiding. (Jamaica Gleaner)