Jam Master Jay murder trial set for September
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Jam Master Jay murder trial set for September

The murder trial of Jam Master Jay has finally been set for September.

The Run DMC founder was shot dead inside his recording studio in 2003, but the case has previously never concluded. The case was cold until 2020 when there was a breakthrough when the police indicted Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. on charges of murder.

At the moment, the jury selection process will begin on September 22nd, with opening statements and testimony pencilled in to start on September 26th. However, if any pandemic-related issues occur, the case will be pushed back until next February.

“They shot him in cold blood,” Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Seth DuCharme previously said in a press conference at the time. “Our office along with our federal partners and the NYPD started working that case in the early 2000s, very soon after the murder and there were a lot of challenges that we faced right away. In fact, one of the first cases that I worked on when I was here as a prosecutor in 2008 was this very case. These gentleman and our team were able to accomplish what I was frankly not then able to accomplish.

“It’s really through their hard work and the work of the Queens cold case detectives squad, the FBI who was with us at the outset and the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] who had joined us along the way, really, really never gave up on this case.

“It was important to us then and it remains extremely to us now to bring justice to the victim, his family and his friends and the community that cared so much about those events.”

More as this story continues to develop.