A New York decide rejected the protection’s request for a mistrial within the Jam Grasp Jay homicide trial on Thursday (February 8). Protection legal professionals accused prosecutors of misconduct, claiming “a seed of prejudice” emerged throughout the prosecution’s questioning of a witness.
In line with the Related Press, Choose LaShann DeArcy Corridor reprimanded prosecutors for his or her guiding questions however allowed the trial to proceed. Choose Corridor advised jurors to disregard the questions and solutions on the middle of the difficulty.
Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington are on trial for the 2002 homicide of Jam Grasp Jay. Washington’s ex-girlfriend Daynia McDonald testified in courtroom on Thursday.
McDonald mentioned Washington “mainly mentioned sure” when she requested him if he was concerned within the Run-DMC DJ’s demise. Prosecutors pressed her for a extra definitive reply with questions that led to the protection’s name for a mistrial.
“Did he say he killed Jam Grasp Jay?” and “Did he say that folks get what they deserve?” the prosecution requested.
McDonald responded affirmatively to each questions. Jurors left the courtroom earlier than the decide voiced her displeasure with the prosecution. Choose Corridor let prosecutors ask if Washington “mentioned the rest about Jam Grasp Jay’s homicide” when the jury returned to the courtroom.
“He simply mentioned that he killed him,” McDonald testified.
Jam Grasp Jay was fatally shot at his recording studio in October 2002. Prosecutors claimed Jordan and Washington killed the late DJ for chopping the defendants out of a drug deal. An eyewitness recognized Jordan because the shooter and mentioned Washington stood guard with a gun.
Jordan and Washington pleaded not responsible to homicide costs. If convicted, the 2 face no less than 20 years in jail.
A 3rd man, Jay Bryant, was additionally charged for his alleged position in Jam Grasp Jay’s homicide. Bryant can be tried individually.