On Monday (Aug 17), federal prosecutors are set to announce the indictment of two men in the killing of Run-DMC’s DJ Jam Master Jay.

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According to The New York Times, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. were indicted for the murder while engaging in drug trafficking. The report states the two men have long been suspected of committing the murder, according to two anonymous law enforcement officials.

Washington is 56-years-old and is currently serving a federal sentence for robbery, while the 36-year-old Jordan was taken into custody on Sunday. 

Jam Master Jay was murdered in his studio Queens on October 30, 2002. He was 37-years-old. Also in the room was 25-year-old Urieco Rincon who suffered an ankle injury but survived.

In April 2007, Washington was named as an accomplice and was stated to have 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, however, he was never convicted.


This story will updated as more information is available.

Update (8/18/20):

In the formal annoucnement Washington and Jordan were charged with mruder while engaged ind rug trafficking in a 10-count indictment. Jordna plead not guitly in his arraingment with Washing set to be arrainged later in the week. If convicted, both men could receive 20 years in prison.

“This is a case about a murder that for nearly two decades has gone unanswered,” Seth D. DuCharme, acting U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, said. “Today we begin to answer that question of who killed Jason Mizell and why.”

The two men were stated to have broken in Mizell’s studio at 7:30 p.m. on October 30, 2002, leading to the bullet being fired into his head.

“They walked in and murdered him in cold blood,” Mr. DuCharme said. The murder was stated to have occurred after he did not include them in “a multi-kilogram, multistate narcotics transaction.” Mizell is stated to have received 10 kilos of cocaine from a supplier in Maryland “on consignment.”