Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel's Murder Conviction Upheld By Appeals Court


Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel received some bad news this week after the Jamaican court of appeals voted to uphold his murder conviction.

The artist's co-defendants, Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John's convictions were also upheld.

Kartel and his co-defendants were charged in 2011 with the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. Williams' body was never actually found by authorities, however.

Prosecutors alleged Williams was beaten to death at the reggae performer's home in August 2011 after being lured there over two stolen guns. During the trial, police testified they saw a text message from Kartel's phone saying Williams was chopped up in a "mincemeat" so fine that his remains would never be found. 

The Jamaican dancehall star was sentenced to a minimum of 35 years and St. John to 30 years behind bars. Campbell and Jones were sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.