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Three Men Charged With the Death of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay Twenty One Years Later


The late Jam Master Jay. Photo/@jammasterjay (Instagram)

A third man has been charged in the 2002 death of Jam Master Jay from the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC. Jay Bryant, 49, is the most recent suspect charged with Jason "Jay" Mizell's death. Two other men, Ronald Washington, and Karl Jordan Jr., were previously indicted in 2020 for murdering the famous hip-hop DJ at his New York studio in October 2002. Ronald and Karl are set to face trial in January 2024.


According to Billboard, "Bryant was seen going into the building, and his DNA was recovered at the scene." It's unclear why authorities failed to prosecute him before now. Bryant was reportedly in custody for drug charges when charged with Jay's murder. In a statement obtained by Billboard, the suspect's attorney, César de Castro, stated, "Securing an indictment in a secret grand jury, applying an extremely low burden of proof, is one thing. Proving it at trial is another matter."


Jam Master Jay was 37 at the time of his death. He left behind his wife, Terri Corley-Mizell, and four children. His son TJ Mizell has followed in his footsteps as a band member of the group Alexander Marsh. The Mizell family also has the cannabis brand Jam Master Jay's and the Jam Master Jay music foundation.

Jay's wife Terri Corley Mizell and DMC. Photo/Getty Images

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