2 charged in 2002 murder of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay

Federal prosecutors on Monday indicted two males within the 2002 homicide of Jam Grasp Jay, the previous DJ of the famed rap-group Run-DMC. The killing was once amongst New York Town’s maximum infamous unsolved homicide instances. 

Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington have been indicted on homicide and drug-related fees within the deadly capturing of the DJ, whose actual identify was once Jason Mizell. Prosecutors mentioned the killing was once “in bloodless blood” and described it as a drug-related murder. 

If convicted, Jordan and Washington face at least 20 years in jail and a most lifestyles sentence, or the loss of life penalty.

“The defendants allegedly performed the cold-blooded homicide of Jason Mizell, a brazen act that has after all stuck up with them because of the devoted detectives, brokers and prosecutors who by no means gave up in this case,” mentioned Seth DuCharme, performing U.S. Lawyer for the Japanese District of New York.

In step with prosecutors, Mizell was once at his recording studio in Queens on October 30, 2002, when Washington and Jordan entered the development, the place Jordan allegedly fired two close-range pictures on the DJ. One of the most pictures struck Mizell within the head, killing him. The second one, prosecutors mentioned, struck someone else within the leg. 

Jam Master Jay
Left to proper: Jason “Jam Grasp Jay” Mizell, Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, of the rap organization Run-DMC in a report picture from the 1980s.


Prosecutors mentioned an investigation printed that the homicide happened after Mizell bought 10 kilograms of cocaine from a Midwest provider and knowledgeable Washington that he would now not be distributing the medicine in Maryland. 

“The gunshots that rang out in a recording studio in Queens just about 18 years in the past, taking this pioneering rap artist’s lifestyles, had been spoke back,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned Monday.

Mizell left in the back of a spouse and 3 youngsters. He was once a member of the 1980s organization Run-DMC with Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniel. 

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