Lack of jurors prompts delay of murder trial for Jamaican dancehall star

The Associated Press
Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica - A lack of jurors has postponed a murder trial for one of Jamaica's biggest dancehall stars.

The trial of Vybz Kartel was scheduled to start Monday in Jamaica's Home Circuit Court but it wasn't possible to seat enough jurors. The trial was rescheduled for May 27.

Kartel and five co-defendants were charged in October 2011 with the killing of a Jamaican man nicknamed Clive "Lizard" Williams. Authorities allege that Williams was beaten to death at Kartel's home in August of that year. The body has never been found.

Police allege they seized a phone which contains images of the slaying.

Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is known for his violent, X-rated lyrics. His fans celebrate him as the most gifted performer in the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dancehall.