Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay killed over ‘drug deal’ as two men charged for murder

Two men have been charged for gunning down Jam Master Jay back in 2002.

US prosecutors are understood to have concluded that the Run-DMC icon was shot and killed following a cocaine deal that "went wrong".

Jam, whose real name was Jason William Mizell, died aged 37 inside a recording studio in Queens, New York, on October 30, 2002.

The New York Times reported that Ronald Washington, 56 and Karl Jordan Jr, 36, have since been charged for his murder as well as engaging in drug trafficking.

Karl Jordan Jr has also been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and seven counts of cocaine distribution.

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While US tabloid TMZ went on to say that prosecutors suggest that the Run-DMC hitmaker was attempting to cut Washington out of a drug deal, after acquiring 10 kilos of cocaine that he hoped to sell in Maryland.

Speaking at a press conference, the acting US attorney Seth DuCharme, said: "This is a case about a murder that for nearly two decades had gone unanswered,

"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."

The publication states that American authorities allege that two men entered the studio armed with firearms around 7.30pm before Karl fired two shots at close range.

Washington is believed to have waved a handgun around and ordered people in the studio to lie flat on the ground.

One shot hit Jam Master in the head and killed him, while the second shot injured another person in the leg.

Both face 20 years to life in prison, or potentially the death penalty if they are convicted.

Court papers say that US attorney general, William Barr, has not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Ronald was already serving a stretch for robbery, while Karl Jordan was taken into custody on Sunday.

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