Two men charged over unsolved killing of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay

Karl Jordan Jr and Ronald Washington are the named suspects

Two men have been charged over the killing of Run-DMC‘s Jam Master Jay in 2002.

The DJ, whose real name was Jason “Jay” Mizell, was fatally shot inside a recording studio in Queens, New York City on October 30, 2002. Mizell’s murder has remained unsolved for nearly two decades.



According to Sky News, Karl Jordan Jr will be arraigned later today (August 17) on charges of murdering Mizell, as confirmed by the US attorney’s office for New York’s eastern district. A second suspect, Ronald Washington, will be arraigned later this week.

Federal investigators speaking anonymously to The New York Times said they believe Mizell was financing a drug operation, and his involvement contributed to his murder. “There was beef – it didn’t go as planned,” an investigator said.

Washington, 56, is already incarcerated for a robbery. Jordan, meanwhile, had previously gone to prison for shooting Mizell’s nephew.

Jam Master Jay, along with Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniel, in Run-DMC are best known for their hits ‘It’s Tricky’, ‘Christmas In Hollis’ and their Aerosmith remake collaboration, ‘Walk This Way’.

McDaniel joined members of Anthrax, Volbeat and Suicidal Tendencies recently for a charity song to raise funds for non-profit organisation, Music Unites.


Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante first had the idea to compile a medley of Run-DMC hits in March. The video of the medley, titled ‘CB’S RUNDMC JAM’, was posted to YouTube on June 15. It features Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels on vocals. Former Anthrax member Rob Caggiano (now lead guitarist of Volbeat) and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz also took part in the performance.

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