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Jam Master Jay Murder Trial: 2 Men Found Guilty of Killing Run-D.M.C. DJ in 2002

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Jam Master Jay Murder Trial: 2 Men Found Guilty of Killing Run-D.M.C. DJ in 2002

Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington are facing potential life sentences for the murder of Jam Master Jay

Jam Master Jay

Jason William Mizell aka Jam Master Jay, circa May 1999 (Bob Berg/Getty Images)

A Brooklyn federal jury has found Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington guilty of murdering Run-D.M.C.’s Jam Master Jay in 2002. According to the U.S. attorney’s office for New York’s Eastern District, Jordan and Washington face a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington were arrested in 2020 and charged with murder while engaged in a narcotics trafficking conspiracy. Their trial began last month.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Jam Master Jay was involved in a cocaine-trafficking scheme, and that a dispute with Jordan and Washington led the DJ to cut the men out of a drug deal that could have been worth $200,000. Betrayed, Jordan and Washington killed Jam Master Jay at his recording studio in Queens, New York, prosecutors said, with Jordan firing the fatal gunshots.

Last year, federal prosecutors charged a third man, Jay Bryant, with taking part in the killing of Jam Master Jay. Bryant has pleaded not guilty, and he will stand trial in January 2026.

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