Two Men Indicted in the Murder of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay

The pioneering DJ's killing has gone unsolved for 18 years

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Aug 17, 2020

The 2002 murder of Jam Master Jay — known best as the DJ for influential hip-hop trio Run-DMC — has remained unsolved for nearly two decades, but a pair of indictments will now be made in connection with his death.

As the New York Times reports, federal prosecutors will announce the indictment of two men long suspected of participating in the murder today.

Jam Master Jay, born Jason Mizell, was fatally shot inside a recording studio in Queens, NY, in 2002. He was 37.

Citing two law enforcement officials speaking on the condition of anonymity, the Times reports that the men, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. were indicted on charges of murder while engaged in drug trafficking. Washington, 56, is currently serving a prison sentence for robbery. Jordan, 36, was taken into custody yesterday (August 16).

Washington had been named as an accomplice in the murder by federal prosecutors in 2007 and denied the allegations at the time. Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Washington had "pointed his gun at those present in the studio, ordered them to get on the ground and provided cover for his associate to shoot and kill Jason Mizell."

More recently, the murder of Jam Master Jay was examined in Netflix's 2018 music documentary series ReMastered.

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