Finally! Jam Master Jay killers indicted in the 2002 killing of the black hip hop artist and the pioneering DJ of Run-DMC in the fatal shooting, and after about two decades, one of New York City’s most lasting unsolved killings was solved.
A federal grand jury has indicted two men, who have long been suspects in the crime, on Monday.
Nearly 18 years after Jam Master Jay was fatally shot and killed at a recording studio in the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica when he was at the age fo 37, the US Attorney of the Eastern District of New York unsealed a criminal indictment claiming the long-time suspects, Karl Jordan Jr, and Ronald Washington killed Jam Master Jay together in retaliation for a drug debate.
Pioneering DJ, real name was Jason Mizell Jordan killed 18 years ago, and now, Jam Master Jay killers will be punished for their actions finally.
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36-years-old Jordan was arrested Sunday and will be accused on Monday, also 56-year-old Washington is currently serving a federal prison sentence and will be charged this week.
“They walked in and murdered him in cold blood,” DuCharme said. “We started investigating that case a very long time ago, in the early 2000s, but there were a lot of challenges in bringing that case.”
The acting U.S. attorney said his office was confident that they would be able to continue and confirm the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“For the crime of murder, the passage of time offers you no escape,” DuCharme announced.
Jordan’s attorney, Michael Hueston, declined comment on Monday.
In the early 1980s, Jam Master Jay teamed up with Run and DMC to form the hip hop trio Run-DMC.
With Jam Master Jay at the turntables as DJ, they was the first hip hop group that could reach mainstream popular music success, solidified by the rap-rock crossover “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith in 1986.
Run-DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 for their groundbreaking legacy.
“They broke down barriers for future rap acts, crossed boundaries between rap and rock and dispelled old notions of what rap could be,” the Hall of Fame maintained.
Jam Master Jay killed soon after the group published its 2001 album “Crown Royal,” and the group ended after Jam Master Jay’s death.
In 2018, the Netflix documentary “ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay” reexamined the killing evidence.