Daniel Green, the man convicted of the 1993 murder of Michael Jordan’s father James Jordan, won his first victory in his attempt to prove that he is innocent..
According to the Raleigh News Observer, the North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a trial court judge’s decision to deny a hearing on evidence his attorneys hope will clear his name.
Green was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 along with Larry Demery for the shooting death of James Jordan, who was asleep in his car.
Demery testified at his trial that he watched Green shoot Jordan, and then helped dump the body in a swamp.
“Larry Demery was not armed, did not point a weapon, did not shoot Mr. Jordan or shoot at Mr. Jordan,” attorney Hugh Rogers told jurors at the time. “After (Green) shot Mr. Jordan, Larry asked him, ‘What did you shoot him for?’”
For more than a decade, attorneys have added new documents to Green’s motion for a new hearing. Claims have ranged from violations of due process of law to ineffective counsel.
The North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence joined Green’s side in an attempt to get a new hearing. The center cites negative blood evidence, a call to the Robeson County sheriff’s drug dealer son from Jordan’s car after the murder and the lack of a corresponding bullet hole in the shirt the victim was discovered wearing as pending claims.
Last year, a Superior Court judge denied Green’s motion for relief.
Green’s new legal victory does not guarantee a new trial is imminent, however the possibility is open.