Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Karte has been charged with murder

Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Karte has been charged with murder. A police statement issued in Kingston on Monday said that the 35-year-old artist was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Investigators accuse the rapper, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, of conspiring with others to kill a 27-year-old promoter who was murdered earlier this year.

"The allegation is that on Monday, July 11, 2011, Palmer, along with other men, conspired to murder Barrington Burton a 27-year-old businessman and promoter Burton was murdered while he was standing with friends along Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park," the police said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to take .

Kartel's defence attorney was reported to have said that his client was prepared to fight the charges. Kartel was initially arrested for marijuana possession.

Kartel has previously been arrested on charges including assault and illegal gun possession. Those charges were later dropped. A long-running feud with fellow artist Mavado is alleged to have fuelled mob attacks in inner-city neighbourhoods of Kingston. In December 2009,

Kartel has worked on collaborations and remixes with the likes of Jay-Z, Rihanna and MIA. His international hits include Ramping Shop, Dollar Sign and Clarks. The success of the latter song last year sent sales of the British shoes soaring in Jamaica. A businessman in his own right, Kartel also has his own brands of rum and condoms as well as his own controval range of skin lightening cosmetics.