18 years after Jam Master Jay's fatal shooting, two men charged in his death
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Federal prosecutors announced Monday that two men had been charged over the 2002 slaying of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, also known as Jason Mizell.

In a statement from the Eastern District of New York, acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said that Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan, Jr. had been arrested and charged with murder while carrying out a drug trafficking operation as well as murder involving a firearm.

Jordan is also charged with several narcotics violations, according to the news release.


“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,” said 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.”

“The gunshots that rang out in a recording studio in Queens nearly 18 years ago, taking this pioneering rap artist’s life, have been answered. Today’s indictment shows that no amount of time passed can erase the commitment of our NYPD detectives, federal law enforcement partners and prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District, to the pursuit of justice,” added New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in the news release.

Jordan is accused of firing the fatal shots that killed Jam Master Jay around 7:30 p.m. on October 30, 2002 after the two allegedly stormed Mizell's recording studio in Jamaica, Queens, with weapons drawn.

The two face a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison if convicted on the murder charges.