Monday 25 March, 2019

Judge rejects no-case submission in Kahira Jones shooting trial

A lengthy no-case submission by defence counsel, Kamika Harris, was on Thursday rejected by High Court Judge, Lisa Palmer-Hamilton, as the shooting trial of ‘Vybz Kartel’ co-convict, Kahira Jones, continued in the Corporate Area Gun Court.

Jones, one of three men who were handed mandatory life sentences in 2014 along with dancehall star, Adija ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, for the August 16, 2011, beating death of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, is on trial for the 2009 shooting of Chevallo Rodney in Waterford, Portmore, St Catherine, the then home of Kartel’s infamous ‘Gaza Empire’.

The trial, which started on Monday, is proceeding under Section 31(D)A of the Evidence Act because Rodney, who survived the 2009 shooting, was murdered two years ago.

The prosecution closed its case on Thursday after the court heard evidence from three police personnel, one of whom has resigned since the incident and has twice travelled to the island for the matter before the court.

Meanwhile, Jones, who took the stand in his defence, is scheduled to resume next Thursday before the crown, represented by Hodine Williams, begins cross examination.

The prosecution has alleged that on the morning of December 15, 2009, Rodney was in his backyard when he was approached by Jones, who was known to him.

Jones allegedly asked Rodney for water before attacking him with a gun. During a struggle that ensued between the two men, Rodney was shot twice.

Jones was subsequently charged with the shooting and was out on bail for the alleged offence when he was implicated in the killing of ‘Lizard’, along with ‘Vybz’ Kartel, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell and Andre St John.

All four men were convicted in April 2014 and handed mandatory life sentences after the 65-day trial that was said to have been the longest in Jamaica’s history.

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