On Monday, Federal prosecutors framed charges against two men who have been found guilty in killing Jason Mizell, the DJ in seminal rap group Run-DMC, and was known as Jam Master Jay. He was shot in New York inside a recording studio in the year 2002.
Seth DuCharme, the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said at a press conference that Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington had been with the murder charge, and they had been accused of killing Mizell. DuCharme has not shared any details regarding the reason for framing the allegations but said, “today we begin to answer that question, who killed Jason Mizell and why.”
As per the recently filed court documents, the killing was made over a drug dealing. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said that Mizell has involving in cocaine trafficking across the state lines, and he was carrying 10 kilograms of cocaine that Washington was assumed to sell in Maryland. When Mizell told Washington that he had been cut from the deal, it led Washington & Jordan to kill him through a conspiracy in revenge. As per the court documents, after this, the duo entered the recording studio on the night of shooting and “ultimately executed Mizell.”
Jam Master Jay, popularly known Mizell, was the backbone o Run-DMC, a group involved in bringing up hip-hop & rap into the mainstream culture. The third album of the group Raising Hell, with songs like “It’s Tricky,” “My Adidas,” and “Walk This Way,” was the first album that goes to platinum and it has now reached triple platinum status. Mizell also formed his record label JMJ Records, which is known for discovering artists like Onyx and 50 Cent.
Over the years, Mizell’s death case has received on and off attention from media and authorities. This case was the main attraction of Netflix documentary series ReMastered in 2018 that throws light on the loose threads in the case and lack of urgency in cracking the case from law enforcement.
If charged, Washington & Jordan will get a minimum of 20 years prison sentence. Currently, Washington is serving time in a robbery case.