Daniel Andre Green, convicted of being the triggerman in the murder in 1993 of James Jordan, father of retired basketball star Michael Jordan, is continuing his effort to get a new trial on the premise there is evidence that he is factually innocent.
And his lawyer says the co-defendant who helped convict Green, Larry Demery, has told her he would recant his testimony.
Meanwhile, a documentary mini-series about the Jordan murder case is set to broadcast soon on the Amazon Prime and IMDb TV video streaming services, Amazon Studios has announced. It’s called “Moment of Truth.” Other than early 2021, a specific broadcast date has not been announced.
Investigators have said James Jordan was shot to death in his car after he parked off U.S. 74 near Lumberton to take a nap while driving home from Wilmington to Charlotte. Two Robeson County men were arrested: Green and Demery. They were charged with killing and robbing Jordan.
Demery pleaded guilty in 1995 in exchange for his testimony against Green at Green’s trial in 1996. Now 45, Demery is due to be released on parole in August 2023.
Green, 46, has been trying for years to get a new day in court. He and his lawyers asked a judge to grant him a hearing to consider if there is enough evidence to grant him a new trial.
They say they can show that Green was at a party on the night that Jordan was killed, and that he had no involvement in the homicide until after Jordan was dead. They say Demery came to Green and asked him to help dispose of Jordan’s body.
Green acknowledges helping Demery with the body and stealing Jordan’s property. Jordan’s body was later found in a swamp in South Carolina.
Lawyers with the state Attorney General’s Office argued that Green’s points had no merit, were addressed at his trial and the appellate courts years ago, or were procedurally barred from being considered.
The state contends Green and Demery were working together and planned to rob people at a motel when they came across Jordan and his car parked along the highway.
In March 2019, Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist denied Green’s request.
Later that day, defense lawyer Chris Mumma filed an affidavit that says she has a new piece of evidence: That she interviewed Demery in a state prison in Scotland County on Dec. 31, 2018, and he told her he would recant his testimony that helped convict Green.
“Mr. Demery stated that his testimony at Mr. Green’s trial was not truthful,” Mumma wrote in her affidavit.
“Mr. Demery stated that the State told him that they needed him to say he was close to the car and that he saw Mr. Green shoot the victim,” she said. “Mr. Demery stated that he felt coached by law enforcement to lie at trial.”
Mumma said she did not previously report her interview with Demery to the court because she it took place after the judge prohibited the attorneys from bringing new factual allegations to him. She had felt confident that Gilchrist was going to grant Green an evidentiary hearing, she said, and she planned to bring Demery in to testify then.