‘Run-DMC’ star Jam Master Jay’s murder was connected to a massive cocaine deal gone wrong, this according to federal prosecutors who have now indicted two men in connection to his death.
According to multiple reports, federal prosecutors with the U.S Attorney’s office says the 20-year-old investigation into the legendary rapper’s death revealed Jay had been in the middle of a cocaine deal. They claimed Jay had acquired 10 Kilos of the drug, that was to be distributed in Maryland by the two men who were just indicted. (Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr.)
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But, the deal went violently south…see below.
According to prosecutors, at some point, Jay told Washington he was not going to be involved with the massive cocaine deal. So, authorities allege the two suspects entered Jay’s music studio around 7:30 PM armed with guns, and Jordan fired two shots at close range — one striking the legendary rapper in the head — and the other hitting someone in the leg.
The ‘Run-DMC’ DJ succumbed to the injury and died at just 37 years old.
Both alleged participants in the shooting have been charged with murder while engaged in narcotics trafficking and firearm-related murder for the fatal shooting.
Jordan is also charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and seven counts of cocaine distribution.
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At this point, both men are facing 20 years to life in prison, or even the death penalty, if convicted of the murder.
Jam Master Jay was shot on October 30, 2002, in a recording studio in Queens.
It is being reported, one of the suspects (Washington) is already serving a federal prison sentence for Robbery, and Jordan was taken into custody on Sunday.
“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 a spokesperson for the U.S Attorney.
He continued, “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.”