Daniel Green, convicted of the murder of Michael Jordan's father, introduces new evidence on appeal


Daniel Green is serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of James Jordan, father of the former great NBA Michael Jordan. (Sara D. Davis / AP) The body was found in Gum Swamp, a twisted finger of black water bordered by long-leaved pine-leaf walls near the northern border of South Carolina. A local fisherman hunting for catfish and perch, he spotted the man face down in the stream tangled on a branch, while a summer storm cracked up. It was August 3, 1993. He was completely dressed but his shoes were missing. The authorities in the nearby town of McColl, Calif., Did not find any identification. The heat and the water had severely destroyed his features. A subsequent autopsy determined that a single caliber 38 bullet was sunk into the upper right breast of the anonymous victim. The county was rural, its coroner was a part-time company that owned a construction company. He noticed expensive dental work inside the mouth of the corpse, so the jawbones were saved, as well as the hands, in case someone stepped forward to identify the remains. In a few days, the South Carolina authorities realized that the body did not belong to a local or a vagabond but to James Jordan, the father of the NBA supernova Michael Jordan. In 1996, two young people in the area, Daniel Green and Larry Demery, were sent to life for their roles in the death of James Jordan, in what prosecutors described as a lethargy by two jammers looking for excitement. That story, however, could soon be upside down. This week in North Carolina, Green and his lawyers appeared before Supreme Court Judge Winston Gilchrist to discuss a new trial. Green, who admitted his involvement in eliminating Jordan's body, but maintained his innocence in the killing of arrest, placed before the court a mountain of legal issues and new evidence, including whose ballistics, now rebutted blood tests and shocking ties between local drug traffickers and police lead investigations into Jordan. "It was stressful for him," he told the Washington Post in an interview with Christine Mumma, Green's attorney with the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence. "He had the feeling that his voice was not heard". The state and prosecutors who initially tried the case argued that Green's motion is without merit. "He will never get what he did," said Robeson County District Attorney Johnson, Britt, at the Chicago Tribune in August. "He simply will not accept it". According to the Associated Press, Gilchrist announced Wednesday that he will make a decision later. Michael Jordan was sitting on top of Mount Everest of worldwide fame and fortune when his father was killed. Jordan had led the Chicago Bulls in three consecutive championships, and his turbocharged competitiveness and ambition came from his father, who reveled in his son's achievements. As reported by the Tribune at the start of this year, James Jordan wore the all-star NBA ring of his 1986 son. And Jordan's 1992 red Lexus SC400 was adorned with a vanity plate – UNC0023 – which celebrated both the alma mater of Michael, the University of North Carolina, and the number of his jersey. James Jordan was last seen in the same car on July 22, 1993, leaving a colleague's funeral in Wilmington, northern California. Daniel Green was born in Philadelphia, but moved to Carolina Robeson County when he was in third grade. His speech that stumbled on a stutter was lonely and awkward until meeting with Larry Demery, a classmate of a family of Native Americans. The two quickly approached. "When you have a person who will not make fun of you, when he will be patient and will not suggest words to you … he was a friend all the time," explained Green. But Green says the link is what involved him in the assassination of Jordan. Green's account of the night James Jordan died, and his role in throwing his body into Gum Swamp, has been constant since his first trial. On July 23, 1993, Green and Demery were at a party at a friend's house. According to the motions presented on behalf of Green, around 1.30 Demery left the festivities alone while Green lagged behind. Later, Demery returned visibly upset. He asked Green to come with him, and together they left the party at 4:30 for a canal bank near a hot local drug and prostitution area near a Quality Inn. Demery explained that he had gone overnight during a drug deal. Instead, Demery had entered a fight with a man in a red Lexus and shot him deadly. Together, the two put the dead right over the South Carolina border line, but not before taking his possessions. In the days following the murder, they both used the Lexus and the car phone. The calls eventually led the investigators to both Demery and Green. Demery pleaded guilty to homicide allegations and agreed to testify against Green. When the trial for the murder of Green was opened in January 1996, the whole case of the state was based on the story of Demery. He told the jury that both he and Green had met Jordan sleeping in his car parked outside the highway. Green fired at Jordan while the victim was just waking up in the front seat, Demery said. Two pieces of testimony reinforced the story of Demery. A state forensic investigator named Jennifer Elwell told jurors that blood was found inside Lexus, in line with Demery's tale that Green shot at Jordan. "It's my opinion you have blood," he told the jury, according to a court statement. Another state investigator introduced the shirt that Jordan wore when he was killed. The clothing, testified to the agent, showed a bullet hole surrounded by a "dark ring" consistent with the firearm residue in the upper right chest area, where the fatal blow entered. But now, Green's lawyers are questioning those two key pieces of testimony. According to the filing, Elwell had not been precise in his testimony regarding blood tests. In fact, while two initial tests suggested that there might be blood in the machine, four follow-up tests failed to find any. Green's original test lawyers have never learned of these negative tests. In 2011, Elwell told Green's defense team that he was no longer definitive on his testimony. "I did not know … if it was blood or not blood," he said, according to the court filing. "It could have been anything." Blood tests in the case were also destroyed almost immediately after the trial, according to Green's motion. Later, Elwell admitted that he was out of the norm and the head of the lab also told the legal team that the evidence had been destroyed without his knowledge. Trials on the shirt are now also questionable. According to the Green Court filing, when a forensic pathologist originally performed an autopsy on Jordan in 1993, his report noted that there was no hole in the clothing corresponding to the bullet wound in the upper chest. Instead, there were three holes lower in the shirt, suggesting that it was pulled up during filming. However, a second report presented during the trial mentioned a hole in the upper chest. Green's attorney now suggests that the second report supporting the crime state theory is suspect. "The absence of a hole in the right side of the chest, coupled with the three holes in the bottom of the shirt, contradicts the theory of the state that Mr. Jordan was lying in his car when he was hit," Green says. "He also gave strength to the defense theory that there was an altercation between Demery and Mr. Jordan." Green's motion for a new trial also depends on the mistakes and mistakes made by his lawyers during the 1996 trial. Despite telling the jury that they would provide an alibi for Green during the murder, the lawyers failed to put enough witnesses who could say that Green was still at the party after Demery left, his lawyers now argue. The trial council failed to recognize that a juror had previously been charged by one of Green's witnesses of sexual violence. But by far the most disturbing aspects asserted in the new motion of the Green trial were the investigators who went to move the case from Giordano figures directly linked to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office, the agency who handled the arrests. The records indicate that on the night of the murder, a phone call was made from Jordan's telephone number to a local number belonging to Hubert Larry Deese, who worked with Demery in a mobile home located one mile from the point where Jordan's body was unloaded. Deese was also a friend of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office members, including Mark Locklear, the head of the agency's narcotics unit and a leading investigator on the assassination of Jordan. Deese was also the son of Hubert Stone, the Robeson County Sheriff. And at the time Deese was also an important drug dealer. Seven months after Jordan's murder, federal authorities arrested Deese on the conspiracy for cocaine trafficking, according to records. "He was not a street drug dealer," Locklear later told Green's legal team. "We're talking about pounds and pounds." But those connections have never been detailed to Green's original defense team, according to the documents, despite the fact that the authorities knew about the connections. Green's lawyers claim that Demery worked for Deese at the time of the murder – a suggestion that Locklear himself admitted he had not known but "did not be surprised" by him. Emphasizing the problematic link between the forces of order and Demery, Green's lawyers point out that the investigators interviewed all the people Demery and Green called on Jordan's phone – all but Deese. "I have no answer," Locklear told Green's lawyers when asked why Deese was not interviewed in the Jordan case, according to court requests. In the early 2000s, the Robeson County Sheriff's Office was involved in a Federal Corruption Probe called "Spotted Badge Operation". Twenty-two officers were charged with offenses including perjury, drug trafficking and money laundering. Neither Locklear nor Sheriff Stone were involved in the federal probe, and Stone died in 2008. His son Deese delivered his four-year sentence and was released in 1998. He has since denied any involvement in Jordan's death. More from Morning Mix: Lone female sailor around the world & # 39; trip for crazy & # 39; is stuck in the Is Fortnite Antarctic Ocean that steals the culture of black dance? The creator of the "Milly Rock" expresses itself in a new cause. Lena Dunham's latest excuses are not going too well


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