Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel charged with murder

He's been accused of killing promoter Barrington Burton

Dancehall musician and reality TV star Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder, police have confirmed.

The 35-year-old, real name Adijah Palmer, is accused of conspiring with three others to kill 27-year-old promoter Barrington Burton, and was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

According to The Guardian, a police statement issued on Monday states:

The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer, along with other men, conspired to murder Barrington Burton o/c ‘Bossie’, a 27-year-old businessman/promoter of a Gregory Park address in St Catherine. Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park.

The allegations came to light after Kartel was arrested on Friday for marijuana possession. His legal team are expected to deny the murder allegations.

It’s not the first time the singer has been in trouble. His feud with another Jamaican singer, Mavado, is blamed for enflaming gang violence in Kingston, and he has previously been arrested for assault and illegal gun possession, although both charges were dropped.

A preliminary hearing will take place today (October 4) at the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court in Kingston.