Evidence May Get Man Convicted Of Killing Michael Jordan’s Father New Trial
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Daniel Green, the man convicted of gunning down Michael Jordan‘s father and dumping his body in a creek, has asked for a new trial in light of new evidence that has surfaced.
Green’s attorneys filed a 205-page motion for appropriate relief, alleging juror misconduct, unreliable witness testimony, misleading expert testimony, information prosecutors withheld from defense attorneys and police corruption.
“Daniel Green is guilty of crimes related to the death of James Jordan, but he is innocent of murder,” Anita Earls, executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which is representing Green, said in a statement. “His conviction is the direct result of numerous and egregious errors made during his original trial. He deserves a fair trial where an impartial jury can carefully consider all of the evidence in this case.”
On August 3, 1993 the body of James Jordan, 57, the father of iconic basketball player Michael Jordan, was found floating in a South Carolina creek with a single gunshot to the chest.
James Jordan had been missing for three weeks and investigations determined that the elder Jordan was shot to death in his car along U.S. Highway 74 near Lumberton on July 23, 1993.
Two men, Larry Martin Demery and Daniel Andre Green of Lumberton, both 18-years-old at the time, were identified as the men identified as the culprits in the crime and were both charged with murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery.
Green has always maintained his innocence in the murder of the elder Jordan, but did acknowledge that he helped to dispose of the body and took items from his $46,000 Lexus 400 inclulding: the tires and stereo speakers and the personalized “UNC0023” license plate.
Green’s co-defendant, Larry Demery, plead and was convicted of a lesser crime in exchange for his testimony that pointed to Green as the trigger man.
Here is a list of the ‘new’ evidence a North Carolina judge must consider to determine if Green will get a new trial:
— An affidavit that appears to show that Jennifer Elwell, a state forensics expert, withdrew a statement that said she found Jordan’s blood in his car. Documents also say Elwell was ordered by a supervisor to destroy the only known sample of Jordan’s blood shortly after the trial, unbeknownst to Green’s defense attorneys at the time.
— An affidavit from a former newspaper editor who says Demery told her he killed Jordan after the victim witnessed a drug transaction. In her statement, the editor says she never told anyone of the confession.
— An allegation that Robeson County Sheriff Hubert Stone, whose office helped conduct the murder investigation, had an illegitimate son, a known cocaine dealer, who was the first person called on Jordan’s phone. The judge at Green’s trial did not allow jurors to hear about the relationship between Stone and the drug trafficker.
Sadly, James Jordan’s death happened to be a random act of violence and once the men found the elder Jordan’s wallet and realized who he was they took extra steps to hide the car and cover up the murder.
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