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Two men found guilty of murder of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay

Two men have been found guilty of the murder of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay.

His godson Karl Jordan Jr and childhood friend Ronald Washington were charged with his killing in 2020 and have now been convicted by a jury in New York.

The 37-year-old victim, whose real name was Jason Mizell, was fatally shot in the head in his recording studio in 2002.

It was one of hip hop’s most infamous killings, along with those of rap icons Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

FILE - Pedestrians pass a mural, by artist Art1Airbrush, of rap pioneer Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. Opening statements are set for Monday in the federal murder trial of Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington, who were arrested in 2020 for the murder of Jam Master Jay. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Image: A mural of Jam Master Jay in Queens. Pic: AP

The DJ was part of Run-DMC, one of the best-known rap acts of the 1980s.

The prosecution had alleged the motive for the killing was a drug deal gone bad. Both men had pleaded not guilty.

A third man, Jay Bryant, was arrested and charged in 2023 and he will be tried separately in 2025 or 2026.

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Run-DMC, who stood against drugs in their song lyrics, was made up of Mizell, Joe “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.

Their hits include King Of Rock, It’s Tricky and a reworking of Aerosmith’s Walk This Way.

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