Randy Allen, Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell's former business partner and best friend, says he still wants the same thing the legendary DJ's family wants — closure. He wants to find out who killed Mizell and why.
"A lot of different people [are] saying different things about Jay that aren't true and misleading this whole investigation about who killed Jay," he recently told MTV News. "I need to straighten it out. Since everybody comes at me, I'm [perceived as] the bad guy. But in all reality, I am far from being a bad guy."
Allen — who was in Mizell's 24/7 Studio in Queens, New York, when he was murdered on October 30, 2002 — said he was disappointed in a recent New York Daily News article in which the Mizell family pointed the finger at him. They didn't implicate Allen as the killer but condemned his silence.
"As far as I'm concerned, everybody that was there and hasn't said anything had something to do with it," Mizell's brother, Marvin Thompson, fumed in the article, regarding witnesses not cooperating with the police.
"It's five years already and none of his so-called friends that were in the studio have come forth yet," Thompson added. "Come on, you were in the studio and didn't see nothing. It just doesn't make no sense."
Allen says he has been trying to figure out who killed Mizell for the past five years and still insists he did not witness the murder. Allen does have his own speculation about who the murderer is — someone who was very close to Mizell and his family.
"Every day when I go to sleep, I can hear Jay say, 'Randy, go get Nita, go get Marvin, go get Bo and go get my mom,' " he said, describing the dreams he has where the MC tells him to talk to various members of the Mizell family. " 'You'll go get with them, and you'll find out who shot me.'
"That part of it — [people seeing me as] being a bad guy — I'll deal with it, but to slant the whole investigation, I can't do that anymore," he added. "I'm done with it. That's where I am with it. And if there's anything about the street code, about people saying, 'Keep it real to the streets,' and, 'Snitching is bad,' and this and that, I want everybody to know that don't reflect with me. 'Cause it's not about snitching with Jay. It's about being real and letting people know exactly what [happened] with Jay. And it's not a street code involved with it. It's not a drug-dealer thing. You scared of this person. It's none of that with me. If it takes forever with me, I'm here in NYC to straighten it out. And I've been here for five years on it."
In 2002 one of the lead detectives on the case, Bernard Porter Jr. of the 103rd Precinct in Queens, said leads and information from the local community would be key in cracking the case. As the years went on, Porter complained that not many had come forth. He has since retired. The case is now in the reins of another detective, who was unavailable for comment.
One of the few concrete facts surrounding the murder was that two gunmen entered the studio to kill Mizell. In April, the Boston Herald reported that an unnamed witness fingered Ronald "Tinard" Washington as an accessory to the murder, an allegation that Washington denied. More recently, Allen has said his sister, Lydia High, told him of a tattoo on the neck of one of the killers.
Allen and High were in the studio the night of Mizell's murder, along with the DJ's friend Tony Rincon, who was shot in the leg during the attack. Allen maintains that he was in the studio booth when he heard the gunshots. When he came out, the killers were gone.
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