By Andrew Limbong – Federal prosecutors announced charges Monday against two men accused of killing Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay — the DJ for the seminal rap group Run-DMC. Mizell was shot inside a recording studio in New York City in 2002.
At a press conference, Seth DuCharme, the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington had been charged with murder in Mizell’s death. DuCharme didn’t go into details about what led to the charges but said “today we begin to answer that question, who killed Jason Mizell and why.”
According to newly filed court documents, the killing was allegedly over a drug deal. Prosecutors said that Mizell was involved in trafficking cocaine across state lines, and that he had 10 kilograms of cocaine that Washington was supposed to sell in Maryland. Mizell then told Washington that he was being cut from the deal, which led to Washington and Jordan allegedly conspiring to kill him as retaliation, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The two then entered the studio the night of the killing and “ultimately executed Mizell,” according to court documents.
If charged, both Jordan and Washington face at least a 20-year prison sentence. Washington is currently serving time for robbery.
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