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Vybz Kartel murder case: 'DNA did not link blood to victim'

IN COURT: Vybz Kartel

JAMAICAN FORENSIC analyst Sherron Brydson could not confirm that DNA tests on a blood sample allegedly taken from dancehall star Vybz Kartel's house belonged to murder victim, Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

Brydson, who was testifying yesterday (Dec 4) at Kartel's murder trial in the Home Circuit Court, said the tests confirmed it was human blood, belonging to a male.

"I [also] got a sample from the uncle of the alleged deceased," Brydson said.

She said she took swabs from the mouth of the victim's cousin, Daniel Williams and conducted DNA tests, but it did not match when she made comparisons with the sample from the house.

"What could account for that difference?" asked Jeremy Taylor, senior deputy director of public prosecutions.

"That they would be unrelated by father line," Brydson responded.

Cross-examined by attorney-at-law Tom Tavares-Finson, who is representing Kartel, Brydson said she also went to the alleged murder scene and collected samples of blood. She said from the tests, she was not able to ascertain ownership of the blood.

She said any report by the police that the blood of Clive Williams was found at Kartel's house would not have come from her.

SAMPLE FROM COUSIN

Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Michael Lorne, she was asked who suggested that samples be taken from Daniel Williams.

She replied: "At the laboratory, we would ask for family members, since we were not getting a body. We ask for parents, children or near relatives."

She said it was Detective Paul Thomas from the Portmore Police Station who brought Daniel Williams to her.

Police Corporal Shawn Howard from the Organised Crime Investi-gation Division testified of receiving a number of items, including cell phones from a Corporal Pitt on October 3, 2011. He said he recorded details of the items in a book, which was signed by Pitt.

Kartel, real name is Adidja Palmer, is charged jointly with fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell, also known as Shawn Storm; Kahira Jones; Shane Williams; and André St John for the August 16, 2011 murder of Williams, who was allegedly killed over two missing guns.

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