Jam Master Jay was gunned down in his studio in Hollis, Queens, on Oct. 30, 2002. The trial has been going on for over 20 years, and now it appears that Jam Master Jay’s killer will be brought to justice. A jailhouse informant is likely to testify in the murder trial of Jam Master Jay.

A jailhouse informant is likely to testify at a federal trial next year to implicate the person charged with killing RUN-DMC DJ and music executive Jam Master Jay almost 20 years after his death. Ronald “Tinard” Washington allegedly boasted to an informant about his involvement in the murder on October 30, 2002, according to the Daily News.

Susan Kellman, a Washington defense lawyer, was aware of the allegation and disregarded it. Susan made a public comment about her client.

“My client has made 50 different statements about this murder. What idiot doesn’t do stuff like that in jail? My client is broken. His brain is like cheesecloth. He says all kinds of stupid things.”


According to AllHipHop, Washington and Karl “Lil D” Jordan Jr. were indicted for the murder in August 2020. The DJ was a narcotics dealer who cut the two out of a multi-kilo cocaine deal, according to the rationale for the single-shot death.

Jordan, who was roughly 18 years old at the time, was accused of being a gunman. Jordan allegedly shot Jay in his Jamaica, Queens-based music studio, and the elder Washington was purportedly the lookout. With his boyhood buddies Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Jam Master Jay formed the famed rap trio Run-DMC.

In 1984, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were recognized for transforming hip-hop music by becoming the first rappers on MTV.

The trial of Ronald “Tinard” Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. is set for February 2023. Fans have to wait to see what does court gives its judgment. For further updates stay tuned to Thirsty.

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Muskan Sharma

Muskan Sharma is a law student at Calcutta University. She writes for Thirsty for News, covering world news and entertainment. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places.

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