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Two Men Indicted For 2002 Murder Of Jam Master Jay

Two suspects have been indicted in the in the 2002 cold-case killing of Hip-Hop Legendary DJ, Jam Master Jay of RUN-DMC, which until now had been one of New York City’s most notorious unsolved murders. 

Ronald “Tinard” Washington, 56, and Karl Jordan Jr., 36, are facing charges of murder in a drug related homicide, New York federal prosecutors said Monday. 

Music artist Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell holds a toy figure of himself at a ceremony honoring his hip-hop group RUN-DMC’s induction into the Hollywood RockWalk February 25, 2002, at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, California. (Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Jason ‘Jay’ Mizell, known professionally as Jam Master Jay, was was gunned down in his Queens recording studio, Wednesday, October 30, 2002 during what prosecutors described as a drug-related homicide.

Washington and Jordon reportedly ordered the others in the studio to the ground at gunpoint and fatally shot Jam Master Jay who was 37-year-old at the time.

The high-profile murder of the Run-DMC deejay went unsolved for years despite his family’s calls for justice. The feds did name Washington – who had reportedly been living on a couch at Mizell’s home in the days before his death – as an accomplice to the murder in 2007 during his trial on other New York robbery charges.

He is currently serving a federal prison sentence in Kentucky, stemming from a string of robberies he committed while on the run from police after Mizell’s death. 

In court papers filed at the time, prosecutors alleged that Washington waved a handgun around and ordered people in Mizell’s Queens recording studio to lie on the ground while another man killed him on October 30, 2002.

Washington ‘provided cover for his associate’ – Jordan – ‘to shoot and kill Jason Mizell’, prosecutors wrote.

On Monday prosecutors confirmed that Jordan had been arrested by ATF officers on Sunday.  


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