Arrests made in The 2002 Killing Of Jam Master Jay

August 17, 2020

OK, who would’ve call this?! Solving one of New York City’s unsolved killings almost two decades later? Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay was killed in 2002 and his death had stumped everyone. ‘Til now.

Federal prosecutors said (Monday, Aug 17) two men have been charged in Jay’s death, saying it was a cocaine deal gone wrong.

The two men are Ronald Washington; currently serving a federal prison sentence from a string of robberies and has been a possible suspect or witness since 2007 as far back as 2007 and Karl Jordan Jr., who is also charged with engaging in an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy in 2017.

Both suspects were trying to sell five kilograms of cocaine at the time of Jay’s killing.

And, ain’t this grand. Washington was reportedly sleeping on Jay’s couch, homeless otherwise, just days before.

Prosecutors allege Washington waved a gun around and ordered people in Jay’s Queens, N.Y., recording studio to lie on the ground, then shot Jay in the head on Oct. 30, 2002.

“They walked in and murdered him in cold blood” prosecutor DuCharme alleges.

Jordan pleaded not guilty to murder and eight drug-related charges via his lawyer. Washington will be arraigned later this week.

If convicted, Washington and Jordan each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison, or the death penalty.Prosecutors have asked that both be jailed ’til the trial.Are you in favour of the death penalty?


Written by Todd Hancock

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