Update: Jam Master Jay Murdered In Cocaine Deal Gone Wrong, 2 Face Death Penalty

Written by on August 17, 2020

Update: Aug 18th 12:45p EST

‘Run-DMC’ star Jam Master Jay’s murder was connected to a massive cocaine deal gone wrong, this according to federal prosecutors who have now indicted two men in connection to his death.

According to multiple reports, federal prosecutors with the U.S Attorney’s office says the 20-year-old investigation into the legendary rapper’s death revealed Jay had been in the middle of a cocaine deal. They claimed Jay had acquired 10 Kilos of the drug, that was to be distributed in Maryland by the two men who were just indicted. (Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr.)

But, the deal went violently wrong

According to prosecutors, at some point, Jay told Washington he was not going to be involved with the massive cocaine deal. So, authorities allege the two suspects entered Jay’s music studio around 7:30 PM armed with guns, and Jordan fired two shots at close range — one striking & killing the legendary dj in the head — and the other hitting someone in the leg.

Both alleged participants in the shooting have been charged with murder while engaged in narcotics trafficking and firearm-related murder for the fatal shooting.

At this point, both men are facing 20 years to life in prison, or even the death penalty, if convicted of the murder.

Original Post:

Federal prosecutors Monday announced charges against two men alleged with killing Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay — the DJ for the seminal rap group Run-D.M.C. Mizell was shot inside a recording studio in 2002.

At a press conference, Seth DuCharme, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, named Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington as the alleged murderers. DuCharme didn’t go into detail about what led to the charges, but said “today we begin to answer that question, who killed Jason Mizell and why.”

According to newly filed court documents, the alleged murder was over a drug deal. Prosecutors say that Mizell was involved in trafficking cocaine across state lines, and that he had 10 kilograms of cocaine that Washington was supposed to sell in Maryland. Mizell then told Washington that he was being cut from the deal, which led to Washington and Jordan conspiring to kill him as retaliation. The two then allegedly entered the studio the night of the murder and “ultimately executed Mizell.”

As Jam Master Jay, Mizell was known as the backbone of Run-D.M.C., a group that was instrumental in bringing rap and hip hop into mainstream culture. Their third album, Raising Hell (which featured hits like “It’s Tricky,” “My Adidas,” and “Walk This Way”), was the first rap album to go platinum, eventually reaching triple platinum status. Mizell also founded his own record label — JMJ Records — known for discovering such artists as Onyx and 50 Cent.

If charged, both Jordan and Washington face at least a 20 year prison sentence. Washington is currently serving time for robbery.

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