NEW YORK (AP) — Two males have been indicted within the 2002 slaying of hip hop artist Jam Grasp Jay, which till now had been one in all New York Metropolis’s most infamous unsolved killings, three regulation enforcement officers advised the Related Press on Monday.
The officers weren’t approved to talk publicly and did so on the situation of anonymity. Considered one of them recognized the suspects as Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan. Federal prosecutors had been anticipated to announce the costs at a information convention Monday afternoon.
Washington, who had reportedly been dwelling on a sofa at Jay’s residence within the days earlier than his loss of life, was publicly named as a attainable suspect or witness way back to 2007. He’s at present serving a federal jail sentence stemming from a string of robberies he dedicated whereas on the run from police after Jay’s loss of life.
In court docket papers filed on the time, prosecutors alleged that Washington waved a handgun round and ordered folks in Jay’s Queens recording studio to lie on the bottom whereas one other man killed him on Oct. 30, 2002.
Washington “offered cowl for his affiliate to shoot and kill Jason Mizell,” prosecutors wrote.
Jason “Jay” Mizell, identified professionally as Jam Grasp Jay, was a member of 1980s hip-hop sensation Run-DMC with Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniel. Their hits included “It’s Difficult,” “Christmas in Hollis” and the Aerosmith remake collaboration “Stroll This Means.”
Jay was shot as soon as within the head with a .40-caliber bullet by a masked assailant at his studio in Hollis, the Queens neighborhood the place he grew up, police mentioned on the time. He left behind a spouse and three kids.
Police recognized a minimum of 4 folks within the studio with Jay, together with the 2 armed gunmen. The town and Jay’s associates supplied greater than $60,000 in reward cash, however witnesses refused to come back ahead and the case languished.
Jay’s acquaintance with Washington upset his household. Earlier than sleeping on Jay’s sofa, Washington had been linked to the 1995 deadly taking pictures of Randy Walker, an in depth affiliate of the late Tupac Shakur.
Balsamo reported from Washington, D.C.
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