Buju Free, Vybz Kartel and Mavado Jailed Then Freed, Bounty Killer on Bail

By admin Wed, 11/10/2010 - 00:00 Culturereggae

Update: Kartell and Mavado freed Thursday without charge.
After nine months in federal prison in Florida, Buju Banton is out on conditional bail.  But as he got out, Vybz Kartel and Mavado were taken into custody by Jamaica police. And just by coincidence, on the same day, Bounty Killer was before a magistrate charged with unlawfully wounding his girlfriend.
The day of legal drama was good for Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie. He had been locked up in Pinellas County Jail in Tampa since last December on federal cocaine trafficking charges. His trial ended with a hung jury in September.  He was released after Bob Marley's son Stephen posted $300,000 in equity in his Florida home as security. Banton agreed to several restrictions, including paying for a 24-hour security to keep him in his South Florida home, wearing an electronic monitoring device, signing an extradition waiver, and submitting to regular drug testing. He will be retried in February.
Vybz Kartel and Mavado on the other hand went in the other direction. Both turned themselves in to Constant Spring police and were immediately thrown into jail. Kartel is from Big Yard, and Movado is from Cassava Piece. And police named them as persons of interest in a series of murders and shootings in both neighborhoods.
And while all this was going on, Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Price, appeared before a Corporate Area magistrates court charged with attacking and wounding his 19-year-old girlfriend. Cops say he grabbed the woman by her hair and throat, pushed her on the bed and repeatedly hit her on the head. Then he used his chain to beat her all over her body. Then he used a mosquito zapper to hit her on the wrist. And that's not all. They say he went to the kitchen and returned with a hammer, which he used to hit her on the knees and on her head. The woman also claimed that after the beating, he asked her for a massage and they went to bed.  The victim was not in court for the hearing. The case was postponed to January 11. Price asked the magistrate to return his seized passport. But the magistrate gave him another date to return to make an official application.