A third man was charged Tuesday in the shooting death of a member of hip-hop group Run-DMC more than 20 years ago.
Prosecutors have filed an indictment against Jay Bryant, 49, for the Oct. 30, 2002 shooting death of Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell at his studio in Queens, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District said. New York at Fox News Digital.
In 2020, two other suspects, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr., were arrested in his death in what prosecutors called a drug deal gone wrong.
Bryant was seen entering Mizell’s studio that night, and his DNA was found at the scene, prosecutors said in court documents Tuesday. He is already in custody on unrelated federal drug charges.
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Prosecutors said the three men entered the studio before filming and fled afterwards, according to court documents.
Bryant’s attorney, Caesar de Castro, told The Associated Press in an email that they had just learned of the charges.
“Getting an indictment before a secret grand jury, applying an extremely low burden of proof, is one thing. Proving it at trial is another,” de Castro said.
Mizell was a founding member of Run-DMC, which was formed in 1983, and whose hits include “It’s Tricky,” “King of Rock” and a cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”
Jay formed Run-DMC with Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniel.”
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For years, Jay’s death has persisted as a cold case with witnesses reluctant to speak despite the reward money being offered.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.