All Your Questions About the Jam Master Jay Murder Trial, Answered Jam Master Jay Murder Trial: Everything You Need to Know
The Law and the Case
On January 29, 2023, two Queens men, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr., went on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court for the 2002 murder of Run-DMC’s DJ Jam Master Jay. The Law alleges that Washington and Jordan murdered Jam Master Jay, whose real name is Jason Mizell, while he was involved in narcotics trafficking.
Washington and Jordan are charged with Murder while engaged in narcotics trafficking and firearm-related murder. Jordan is also facing eight additional drug-distribution counts.
Federal prosecutors claim that Washington and Jordan burst into Mizell’s recording studio in Jamaica, Queens, and Murdered him in cold blood. Eyewitnesses identified the men at the scene, and there is evidence that Washington made admissions to his involvement in the murder. Additionally, Jordan has a history of drug dealing and has made references to firearms and drug trafficking in his music videos.
Jordan’s defense attorney, Michael Hueston, entered a plea of not guilty for Jordan. Washington’s attorney, Susan Kellman, also entered a not-guilty plea for Washington.
The Potential Sentence
If convicted, each man faces a minimum of 20 years to a maximum of life in federal prison. The death penalty is a possible sentence in a case with these charges, but Attorney General Merrick Garland has directed Brooklyn federal prosecutors not to seek the death penalty against them.
The trial is expected to be lengthy and complex. Jury selection began on January 29, 2023, and the trial is expected to last several weeks.
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