Two Men Arrested in the Murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay

A new development has been made in the 2002 murder of Run-DMC‘s Jam Master Jay.

According to a report from The New York Times on Monday (Aug. 17), the charges of two men, who have been suspects in the legendary DJ’s killing, will be announced today. Law enforcement officials told the publication anonymously that Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan, Jr. were indicted on charges of murder while trafficking drugs. The murder of Jam Master Jay has long been an unsolved case, until now.

Washington, 56, is already in prison for robbery and Jordan was arrested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the NYPD on Sunday (Aug. 16), according to a report from NBC 4.

A press conference has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon with Chief Rodney Harrison and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Jam Master Jay, born Jason Mizell, was shot and killed inside of a music studio in Queens, N.Y. in 2002. He was 37 years old.

Run-DMC, which is comprised of Run (Joseph Simmons, brother to Russell Simmons) and DMC (Daniel McDaniels) while JMJ completed the trio as the DJ. They became the first hip-hop group to achieve mainstream success in the 1980s with their crossover hit record “Walk This Way” with rock band Aerosmith in 1986.

XXL has reached out to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the NYPD for a comment.

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