NEW YORK – Two men have been arrested in connection to the unsolved murder of Jam Master Jay, the D.J. for the rap group Run-DMC, law enforcement officials said Monday.
A 10-count indictment was unsealed, charging Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. in the death of the hip-hop pioneer, whose real name was Jason Mizell.
The U.S. attorney’s office says each defendant is charged with murder while engaged in narcotics trafficking and firearm-related murder for the fatal shooting of Mizell inside his recording studio in Hollis, Queens on October 30, 2002.
Jordan is also charged with several additional narcotics distribution counts.
“The defendants allegedly carried out the cold-blooded murder of Jason Mizell, a brazen act that has finally caught up with them thanks to the dedicated detectives, agents and prosecutors who never gave up on this case,” stated Acting United States Attorney Seth DuCharme. “The charges announced today begin to provide a measure of justice to the family and friends of the victim, and make clear that the rule of law will be upheld, whether that takes days, months or decades.
Authorities say Washington, who was already in prison for another offense, will be arraigned later this week, and Jordan will be arraigned on Monday.