Ninja Man Released From Hospital Judge Rule Case Must Move Forward

His attorney said that he suffered a mild heart attack in court and was rushed to a local hospital where he was admitted and may need to undergo heart surgery. Tweet
Ninja Man was released from the hospital a few days ago and is now back in police custody. Ninja Man, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are charged with the murder of Ricardo Johnson, known in the Kingston 11 community as Ricky Trooper. The prosecution introduced seven witnesses in the trial including an overseas based witness and three civilians. Ninja Man and his co-accused have maintained their innocence. Cops say he was gunned down in March 2009 on Marl Road, Kingston 11, by the three men who were also charged with shooting with intent. The dancehall legend was absent from his high profile murder trial for about a week following an hospitalization about a week and a half ago. This means that the trial could be wrapped up within the next week when the three co-accused will know their fate. The crown closed its case against the artist on Friday and Ninja Man then gave an unworn testimony. While he was in the hospital, high court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, rule that the murder trial must proceed because he has a case to answer to. Ninja’s defense attorney responded with a no case submission.