Case Raises Questions About Killing of Michael Jordan's Dad

Daniel Green, serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder, insists he killed nobody
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2018 10:50 AM CST
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This 1993 file photo shows James Jordan, father of Michael Jordan.   (AP Photo/Tim Boyle, File)
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(Newser) – The 1993 murder jolted not just the sports world but the nation: James Jordan, the father of NBA phenom Michael Jordan, was fatally shot and dumped in a South Carolina swamp. Two teens, Larry Demery and Daniel Green, were convicted and are serving life sentences. Green, however, is now asking for a new trial and challenging key forensic evidence. Authorities say the teens spotted the 57-year-old napping in his car on the side of a highway in North Carolina and assert that Green shot him during a robbery. Green, though, says he wasn't present when Jordan was killed and that he only helped his friend dispose of the body afterward. Details and developments:

  • The party: In court documents, Green maintains that he was at a party the night of the murder with Demery, who left about 1:30am to meet someone for a drug deal, reports the AP. Green says witnesses can vouch he didn't leave until 4:30am, when an agitated Demery returned and asked for his help.
  • His version: Green maintains that Demery mistook Jordan for his drug-deal connection and that Demery or an associate shot Jordan in the parking lot of the nearby Quality Inn, reported the Chicago Tribune in a definitive look at the case in August. Green says he helped Demery when he subsequently came for help out of misguided loyalty to a longtime friend.

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