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Two Queens Men Charged with the Murder Of RUN-DMC “Jam Master Jay”

By Katrenia Busch

On Monday, August 17th the Department of Justice, United States Attorneys office of Eastern District of New York released a report regarding: Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington Allegedly Murdered Hip Hop Star Over a Drug Dispute.

The release from the department of justice reports the 2 alleged defendants being 36-year-old Karl Jordan, JR. who is also known as “Little D” and “Noid” from Hollis, Queens along with 56-year-old Ronald Washington who is also known as “Tinard” from Hollis, Queens.

The indictment from the United States District Court Eastern District of New York states that on it about October 30, 2002 within the Eastern District of New York and elsewhere the defendants Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington engaged in an offense listed as a conspiracy to give kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine, a schedule 2 controlled substance and did knowingly and intentionally kill and counsel, command, induce and cause the intentional killing of an individual, to wit: Jason Mizell also known as “Jam Master Jay”.

The investigation also revealed that the motive for the killing resulted from Mizell’s previous acquisition of approximately 10 kilograms of cocaine from a narcotics supplier in the Midwest. The cocaine was allegedly intended to be distributed in Maryland by Washington, Jordan and other co-conspirators. Mizell had recently informed Washington that the defendant would not be involved in distributing the narcotics in Maryland, which precipitated the murder conspiracy.

In addition to the murder, Jordan is also charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and seven counts of cocaine distribution.

If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum of 20 years’ imprisonment and a maximum term of life imprisonment, or the death penalty.

"It was important to us then and remains extremely important to us now to bring justice for the victim, his family, friends and the community that cared so much about those events," —Seth D. DuCharme, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. As he has reiterated that law enforcement never gave up on solving the cold case.

“This is a case about a murder that for nearly two decades had gone unanswered,” Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said at a news conference announcing the charges. “Today, we begin to answer that question of who killed Jason Mizell, and why, and we’re confident that we can prove those charges beyond a reasonable doubt.” According to ABC news.

ABC news reports that prosecutors in court papers have reported that Attorney General William Barr has yet decided whether to seek the death penalty if Washington and Jordan are convicted.

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