Case Raises Questions About Killing of Michael Jordan's Dad - Page 2

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

  • The evidence: It was Demery who told investigators that Green shot Jordan, while the victim was still in the car, and prosecutors during the trial said forensic evidence backed him up. But Green is now casting doubt on that evidence, including whether blood was actually found in the vehicle and whether Jordan's shirt had a hole where it would have been if Demery's account is true, reports the Washington Post.
  • Ties to cops: The teens were caught after making calls from the phone in Jordan's Lexus, and Green's defense team says it's fishy that the second call was to Hubert Larry Deese (the first was to a sex line). He worked with Demery and was a soon-to-be-convicted drug trafficker. He also happened to be the police chief's biological son and was a friend of Mark Locklear, a lead detective on the Jordan case. The Tribune sums it up: "How, Green's attorneys argue, can an investigation be trusted if the first person whose number was dialed from Jordan's car phone after his murder was never formally questioned?"
  • The video: Not helping Green's case with jurors was a video played during the trial that showed him rapping after the murder while wearing Michael Jordan's NBA All-Star ring, along with a gold watch that Michael Jordan had given his father. He says he took the items from Jordan's car days after the murder, per the AP.
  • The prosecutor: Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt prosecuted the case, and he tells NBC News that Green is guilty as charged. "He drove the car with the body. He drove to the location to dump the body. He made the calls. The .38 was found at his house. He rapped on the videotape with the stolen jewelry." Green, he said, "was in control."
  • What's next: Green's attorney told Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist on Wednesday that her client had an inadequate defense at the original trial and deserved a new one. Among other things, she says alibi witnesses and big questions about the forensic evidence were overlooked. Gilchrist said he would rule at a later date on the request.
(Michael Jordan, now owner of the Charlotte Hornets, recently made a huge donation to the city.)

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