Men Indicted For Murder Of Jam Master Jay

Men Indicted For Murder Of Jam Master Jay

Rapper Jam Master Jay, one of the founder members of the Run-DMC, was murdered in 2002 "in cold blood" as part of a dispute over a drugs deal, US prosecutors said on Monday.

Washington had been named as an accomplice in the murder by federal prosecutors in 2007 and denied the allegations at the time.

A second suspect, Ronald Washington, will be arraigned later this week, it added.

The rap group Run-DMC, from left, Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and Jason Mizell "Jam Master Jay", poses at the 31st annual Grammy Awards in NY, on March 2, 1988.

During his time with Run-DMC, Jam Master Jay acted as a one-man band for the group, keeping the beats going in the background while Joseph Simmons and Darryl McDaniels rapped.

The indictment claims that Jay had 10 kilograms of cocaine that were supposed to be distributed by several people, including Washington and Jordan, but Washington was going to be cut out of the deal. Washington is already in prison for a robbery while Jordan was arrested by the ATF and NYPD on Sunday morning. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Officers said there were at least four people in the studio with him, including two armed gunmen.

The city and Jay's friends offered more than $60,000 in reward money, but witnesses refused to come forward and the case languished. R became the first hip-hop group to achieve mainstream success in the 1980s with their crossover hit record "Walk This Way" with rock band Aerosmith in 1986.

Jay's acquaintance with Washington upset his family. According to an article from Today, Washington denied any connection to the murder of Jam Master Jay. The same documents name him as a suspect in the 1995 fatal shooting of Randy Walker, an associate of the rapper Tupac Shakur.

According to Rolling Stone, Run DMC "officially retired" one week after their DJ's death, and have reunited infrequently since then.

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