Shawn Storm remained loyal to Vybz Kartel throughout the grueling murder trial that sent them both to prison for life.
According to new reports, the prosecution approached Shawn Storm, real name Shawn Campbell, attorney to strike a deal to testify against Vybz Kartel in return for his freedom.
Speaking with the Observer, Shawn Storm’s attorney Miguel Lorne says his client rejected the deal because he feel he was not part of any plan to kill Lizard.
“I was approached by the prosecutor who made the offer,” Lorne said. “I discussed it with my client and he said there was no fact. He was not part of any plan to kill anybody so he refused. He said there was no fact. As an attorney I have to follow my client’s instructions.”
“He refused because he maintains that he was never involved in any murder and to take that offer would have signalled that he was guilty of participating in murder,” Lorne added. “I even discussed it with his mother and she said she was glad he refused.”
Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewellyn also confirmed that lead prosecution in the high profile murder trial made the offer.
A rep for the former Portmore Empire deejay also weigh in on the news telling Dancehall HipHop that innocent men don’t cut deal with prosecutors.
“If your innocent then why would you want to cut a deal with this prosecutor who is bent on sending you to prison for a crime you did not commit,” the rep told Dancehall HipHop.
Shawn Storm was sentenced to life imprisonment by Justice Lennox Campbell in the Home Circuit court last week Thursday. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was sentenced to life and will be eligible for parole in 35 years.
Kahira Jones and Andre St John were also sentenced to life and will be eligible for parole in 30 and 25 years respectively.
In handing down the hefty sentencing, Justice Lennox Campbell noted that the four men premeditate the murder and put the victim under severe stress leading up to the August 16, 2011 murder.
The judge also noted the gruesomeness of how Clive “Lizard” Williams was killed and how the men took steps to conceal his body and destroyed evidence.
Clive Williams’ body was never found.