Vybz Kartel Granted $3 Million Bail, Remains In Jail


Following false rumors that dancehall star, Vybz Kartel, had escaped from prison earlier this week, it was later confirmed that the Jamaican performer actually appeared in court for a bail hearing. The Jamaican Supreme Court granted him $3 million bail, but only for the case building around his alleged murder of Barrington “Bossie" Bryan. This means that Kartel (born, Adidja Palmer) will still remain in custody for a second murder case.

Kartel and three other men are charged with the August 16 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. All four men are expected to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday (December 2) to submit applications for bail.

The 35-year-old performer was arrested at a New Kingston hotel on October 1, for possession of marijuana and he was being held on suspicion of two separate murders charges in the July 12 death of promoter Barrington "Bossie" Burton and the August 16 death Clive "Lizard" Williams.

Christian Tavares-Finson, a member of Kartel’s defense team, told MTV Iggy that the first murder charge was only a conspiracy count, based on charges that Kartel "[told] people that they should go and kill an individual who was shot in an area of Portmore [where Burton was killed].”