A suspect has been arrested in the May 14 shooting of Jam Master Jay’s nephew Boe Skagz.
Karl Jordan, whom reports identify as the son of a friend of the slain DJ’s family, was taken into custody on August 8 and arraigned on August 10. Bail was set at $50,000.
Jordan has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm and assault in the first degree. His next court date is set for Tuesday.
Police said Jordan fired multiple shots at Skagz, whose real name is Rodney Jones, hitting him once in the leg. A spokesperson for the Queens district attorney said that Skagz identified Jordan as his shooter. Jordan’s lawyer, Harold Ehrentreu, declined to comment.
A report in Wednesday’s (August 20) New York Daily News also links Jordan and his father, Darren Jordan, to the slaying of Jam Master Jay (see “Jam Master Jay, Run-DMC DJ, Killed In Shooting” ). The paper interviewed an alleged witness named Ronald “Tinard” Washington, who says he saw the Jordans enter Jam Master Jay’s 24/7 studio moments before the hip-hop legend was murdered.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department said the department has not officially named any suspects in JMJ’s killing and was not at liberty to discuss whether the Jordans were being investigated.
The Daily News also reports that Karl Jordan may have shot Boe Skagz over lyrics the rapper wrote making fun of a street altercation Jordan had with members of the Murder Inc. Records camp.
Oddly enough, in June an investigator on the case said the department was looking into whether Skagz’s partner in the group Rusty Waters, MDR, had anything to do with Jam Master Jay’s killing (see “Jam Master Jay Probe Looking At DJ’s Longtime Friend Randy Allen” ). The Rusty Waters album was the last project Jay was working on before he died.
Several theories have surfaced in the media as to why Jay was killed, ranging from drug deals gone bad to debt. Police have yet to publicly give credence to any of the theories.
For full coverage of the Jam Master Jay case, see the Jam Master Jay Reports. For a feature-length look at why the case has stalled, check out “The Streets Is Watching, But Nobody’s Talking.”