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Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison for murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams and he won’t be eligible for parole for 35 years.

A jury found the 38-year-old Jamaican dancehall artist, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, guilty of the death of his associate in March.

Clive “Lizard” Williams was killed after being asked to Vybz Kartel’s home to discuss two missing illegal hand guns.

Vybz Kartel is one of Jamaica’s biggest music stars with hits including Clarks, Ramping Shop and Summer Time.

His success led to him launching lines of shoes and alcohol.

The singer also became the first dancehall artist to star in his own reality TV show, Teacha’s Pet.

Vybz Kartel was previously arrested in 2011 on drug charges.

They were later dropped, but an investigation by Jamaica’s Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) discovered illegal firearms during a search of his house.

Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison for murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams and he won't be eligible for parole for 35 years

Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison for murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams and he won’t be eligible for parole for 35 years

Police also charged Vybz Kartel with being involved in the deaths of two men from the Portmore district of the island.

One murder case was dropped due to lack of evidence, however the musician and three other men went on trial for the killing of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

The trial lasted 65 days and was the longest court case in the history of the Caribbean island, having started last November.

A key piece of evidence was a text message said to be sent from Vybz Kartel’s phone.

It claimed Clive “Lizard” Williams had been chopped up into so many pieces his body would never be found.

Vybz Kartel’s career has never been short on controversy.

Over the years, his skin tone appeared to become lighter but the rapper always denied using skin bleaching chemicals.

Vybz Kartel instead claimed his change in complexion was due excessive time spent in air conditioned environments.

However, he has admitted to using Cake Soap – a Jamaican detergent that contains bleach.

Vybz Kartel was also involved in a lyrical war of words with fellow dancehall star Movado, with the pair exchanging several diss tracks.

However, Vybz Kartel and Movado called a truce in 2007 after being called into a meeting with then Jamaican Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields.

Tensions between rival supporters of the musicians often turned violent, but this stopped almost immediately after a plea from Movado and Vybz Kartel.

Despite being held on remand since 2011, the demand from radio stations and fans for new music has been so high that Vybz Kartel continued to record songs from his cell.

Using his smartphone voice note feature Vybz Kartel released singles which were later compiled into a 61-song album.

“If we are going to play an artist’s music based on their personal lives then a lot of artists’ songs wouldn’t be played,” said DJ Sparks who is a leading radio presenter in Jamaica.

She says she plans to continue to play music from Vybz Kartel on her show for station Zip FM.

“His legacy will be a mixed one. He’s been able to capture the imagination of many.

“He studies his audience carefully and gives them what he thinks they want.

“He’s not only a good writer and lyricist but he knows how to delve into the mindset of his audience.”

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Vybz Kartel has been found guilty of murder in a high-profile trial in Jamaica.

The popular dancehall and reggae star and three co-defendants were convicted under tight security of killing an associate, Clive Lizard Williams, in a row over a missing gun.

Parts of the capital Kingston were cordoned off in advance of the verdict and police patrols were stepped up.

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is one of the biggest names in Jamaican dancehall reggae.

The “World Boss” as he called himself also often glorified violence in his music.

The 65-day trial was the longest running criminal hearing in the history of Jamaica’s circuit court system, local media reported.

Vybz Kartel has been found guilty of murder in a high-profile trial in Jamaica

Vybz Kartel has been found guilty of murder in a high-profile trial in Jamaica

Police cordoned off streets around the Supreme Court before Thursday’s session started, seeking to prevent any disruption by fans supporting the entertainer.

Shortly before the jury started to deliberate in the afternoon, about 200 people briefly broke through barricades at one intersection shouting “Free Kartel!”

The sentencing date is scheduled for March 27 and Vybz Kartel’s lawyers have indicated they will appeal against the verdict.

When Vybz Kartel was arrested in 2011, it was alleged he had been involved in two killings, but one of those cases was thrown out last year after key evidence went missing.

Prosecutors said that Clive Lizard Williams was beaten to death at Vybz Kartel’s home in August 2011 after being lured there to account for two missing illegal guns.

A body has never been found but police testified that they had unearthed a text message from Vybz Kartel’s phone saying Clive Lizard Williams had been chopped up to “mincemeat” so fine that his remains would never be found.

Defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson told jurors the prosecution’s case against Vybz Kartel was “dishonest” and “incompetent”, noting that witness statements and a compact disc with evidence saved on it had gone missing.

The AP news agency says that in a bizarre twist to the case, a male juror was arrested on Thursday evening on charges of attempting to bribe the jury foreman to free Vybz Kartel, who was convicted by a 10-1 majority verdict.

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