A judge in North Carolina is determining whether to grant a new trial in the murder of Michael Jordan's father, James, per Michael Gordon and Mark Washburn of the Charlotte Observer.
In March 1996, a jury convicted Daniel Green of murder. Green's accomplice, Larry Martin Demery, testified that he and Green walked up to James Jordan's car with the intention of robbing him. Demery told the jury Green shot Jordan after he awoke from a nap and saw the two men outside his car.
However, Green's attorneys, Scott Holmes and Ian Mance, contend Demery pulled the trigger and that their client wasn't at the scene at the time of the murder. They've brought forth new evidence in order to get Green a new trial, according to court documents obtained by Gordon and Washburn.
Holmes and Mance have a sworn statement from the jury forewoman in Green's trial that says she investigated Jordan's murder on her own, which would've gone against the judge's orders. A former newspaper editor from Robeson County, North Carolina, also signed a sworn affidavit in which she described an admission by Demery that he committed the murder.
The attorneys also cast doubt on the evidence provided by a state forensics expert regarding Jordan's blood being found in Green's car.
The state of North Carolina has until the end of April to respond to Holmes and Mance's filing, and after that, Robeson County Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd will make a decision about a new trial.