Jam Master Jay Trial: Late DJ's Son TJ Mizell Reacts To Guilty Verdicts

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NEW YORK CITY - MAY 11: Jam Master Jay, DMC and Rev Run of Run DMC attend Run DMC-Beastie Boys Press Conference on May 11, 1987 at B. Smith's Restaurant in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Karl Jordan and Ronald Washington are each facing a minimum of 20 years behind bars.

Earlier this week, two men were found guilty of the 2002 murder of Run-DMC icon Jam Master Jay. The convictions of the men, Karl Jordan and Ronald Washington, followed a three-week trial. Throughout the trial, prosecutors called over 30 witnesses to the stand to recount the alleged drug deal gone wrong. Jordan and Washington are now both facing a minimum of 20 years behind bars, though they can still challenge the verdict with the judge and in federal appeals court.

Amid the news, Jam Master Jay's son TJ Mizell spoke with Billboard. He thanked those involved in helping his family reach justice, also emphasizing the importance of keeping his father's legacy alive. “We extend our deepest gratitude to the prosecutors, law enforcement officials and all involved in bringing these individuals to justice. Their unwavering dedication has ensured a measure of accountability for the tragic loss of Jam Master Jay,” he said. “As we pause to reflect, we are reminded of the profound impact and influence Jay had on countless lives. His legacy endures through his music, his spirit and the cherished memories we hold dear. We remain committed to honoring his memory and celebrating the enduring legacy he leaves behind.”

TJ Mizell Is "Committed To Honoring" Jam Master Jay

(L-R) American rapper, producer, DJ and television personality Joseph "Run" Simmons, rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and musician and DJ Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell (1965 - 2002), of the American hip hop group Run-D.M.C, pose for a portrait in New York, New York in March 1985. They are posing on a rooftop with The Empire State Building in the background. (Photo by John Nordell/Getty Images)

“To all who have supported us throughout this challenging journey, we offer our heartfelt thanks," he then added. "Your love, kindness, and steadfast support have been a source of strength during our darkest moments. We ask that you continue to honor Jay’s memory through his music and the positive impact he made on the world,” Mizell also says. “While the pain of our loss will always remain, we find solace in the knowledge that justice has been served. Our family believes in God’s plan and that faith is what helped provide closure for us long ago. We thank all that continue to support Jay’s legacy by honoring his life’s achievements.”

What do you think of two men being found guilty of the murder of Jam Master Jay earlier this week? What about his son TJ Mizell's statement? Are you glad that he feels as though justice has been served? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below, and also keep an eye on HNHH for more updates.

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Caroline Fisher is a News Writer at HotNewHipHop from Chicago, Illinois. She started at HNHH this year, and has since spent her time writing about all that is newsworthy in the world of hip-hop. With a drive for hunting down the hottest stories, she enjoys documenting new developments in culture and entertainment. She also has an appreciation for hip-hop and seeks to cover the most important trends and shifts. She has a Bachelor of Arts which she received at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having graduated in 2022, she majored in English with a concentration in Media, Rhetoric and Cultural Studies. Specializing all things music, pop culture and entertainment, some of her favorite musical artists include Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and Nicki Minaj. When she’s not writing about music she’s also a fan of attending shows, watching the latest movies, staying up-to-date with current events, photography, and poetry.