/  08.17.2020

Nearly 18 years since the tragic death of Run-DMC DJ Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell and three years after the case was considered “cold,”  two people have been arrested in connection with his murder.

According to the New York Times, on Monday, Aug. 17, federal prosecutors will soon announce the charges for Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr.

Jordan, who was 18 at the time of the killing, was taken into custody. Washington, 56, is already in jail following a number of robberies in 2007. At the time of JMJ’s arrest, he was identified as the accomplice to the murder. It was alleged Washington aka “Tenad” “pointed his gun at those present in the studio, ordered them to get on the ground and provided cover for his associate to shoot and kill Jason Mizell.” Prosecutors believed he knew the person responsible for JMJ’s death, but he denied the allegations. Washington was not charged as there had not been evidence to convict anyone for the crime.

Jay was brutally killed on October 30, 2002 while in a studio in Jamaica, Queens. Though the case had gone “cold,” Chris Run, a friend close to the legendary DJ was optimistic that his case would be solved. 

“It’s gonna be solved,” Run told REVOLT in 2017 interview, noting he wanted nothing more than to see Jay’s two murders be brought to justice.

“I think it’s really the streets,” he said about why the case hasn’t been solved yet. “The person who or the people who did it would have been caught if the streets would have cooperated.”

Despite the time that had gone by, Run was still hopeful everything would come to light. 

“Who would think [it would take] 15 years?” he said. “But you look at Biggie and Tupac deaths, it’s been over 20 years. [Jay] was a loyal, true dude. Give the shirt off his back. Jay was a good dude. That’s how they should remember Jay. Give his last out of his pocket.”


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