Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel Charged With Second Murder

Kartel, currently in custody in Jamaica, has been charged in the murder of a promoter.

On the day he was slated to appear in a Jamaican courtroom to answer to murder and gun charges, dancehall star [artist id="2085999"]Vybz Kartel[/artist] (born Adijah Palmer) was hit with a second murder count in connection with the August slaying of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

Kartel, one of the most popular contemporary dancehall stars on the island, had earlier been charged with the murder of 27-year-old promoter Barrington "Bossie" Burton. Police say Burton was killed on July 12 as he stood with a group of friends in a park. The singer, who has been charged in that case along with two other men, has been in custody since September 30, when police arrested him with a large quantity of marijuana in a hotel room.

In the Burton case, Kartel, 35, was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana, according to a report in the Jamaican Gleaner. The music star was charged in the second murder on Monday. Assistant Police Commissioner Ealan Powell told the paper that Kartel is being investigated "in connection with a number of murders, shootings and gunrunning."

After Kartel's initial arrest, a police military squad raided several of his homes and found a burned, decomposed body in one of them. Police have not yet located Williams' body, but a police source told the Gleaner that they have "graphic descriptions" of how Williams was killed.

Kartel, known for his violent, sexually explicit lyrics, has become a favorite go-to flavor addition for a number of mainstream R&B and hip-hop stars, including Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Rihanna and Lil Wayne.