Local News

Killer of Michael Jordan's father challenges blood evidence in trial

Posted July 16, 2013
Updated July 17, 2013

— The man serving a life sentence in prison for the shooting death of basketball star Michael Jordan's father is challenging blood evidence used at his trial, according to a discovery motion filed in District Court last week.

Daniel Green, who has insisted that he didn't kill James Jordan in July 1993, is pointing to a 2010 independent audit of the State Bureau of Investigation's crime lab to help him clear his name.

The audit, performed by two former assistant FBI directors, found 190 cases from 1987 to 2003 that ended in convictions in which SBI analysts omitted, overstated or falsely reported information about blood evidence. Green's case was among them. 

"The independent audit found numerous cases, including Daniel Green's, in which SBI agents wrote reports suggesting that a substance was or could be blood when, in fact, subsequent and more sophisticated testing revealed it was not," Green's attorney wrote in the motion. "SBI agents then concealed the negative results of the more sophisticated testing.

"At the time of Green's trial, it was the 'sanctioned policy' at the North Carolina crime lab to omit negative results of certain tests from final lab reports delivered to the defense," the motion continues.

Green's attorneys are asking the state to turn over any and all information about SBI lab policies and procedures concerning blood testing at the time of his trial, as well as the depositions of the crime lab analyst who testified at Green's trial, her supervisor and Chris Schwecker, one of the authors of the audit.

James Jordan was shot to death in his car along U.S. Highway 74 near Lumberton. His body was found a couple of weeks later in a South Carolina swamp.

A jury found Green guilty of first-degree murder in March 1996 after his co-defendant, Larry Demery, implicated him in the crime and an SBI agent testified that she found a small amount of blood in the passenger seat of Jordan’s car.

17 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • soldboymil41 Jul 23, 2013

    I think they should give him an option. If they try him again his time will start over if he's found guilty AGAIN! He helped Dispose of Mr. Jordan's body and now he thinks he has a way out. All this because guys go to prison and all of a sudden they are qualified to be a lawyer.

  • LastSon1981 Jul 19, 2013

    This dude has over 70 infractions since he has been locked up. That doesn't say much for his character or his will to stay out of trouble to prove his innocence. I think he is where he needs to be.

    Iwasasoldier4u

    That's really not that bad considering he was locked up almost 20 years ago and his age at the time he got locked up

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Jul 19, 2013

    Regardless of what happened in the crime lab, there was other evidence to suggest that he had something to do with this killing. Let him out and see what happens...he will kill again! He is right where he needs to be, and I hope that he stays there.

  • 678devilish Jul 17, 2013

    and he was in possession of other property of Mr. Jordan's when he was arrested.

    Thanks for bringing up this piece of information.Worth it.

  • stymieindurham Jul 17, 2013

    Here we go!!! It's called the "slippery slope".

  • 678devilish Jul 17, 2013

    Will this case be solved even now?

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 17, 2013

    He is just looking and hoping for an error in the lab work. This case was not so much proven in a lab as it was by the detectives. He (the murderer) is on video laughing about the crime, he is on video wearing the jewelry that was taken from Mr. Jordan, and he was in possession of other property of Mr. Jordan's when he was arrested.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Jul 17, 2013

    These guys were railroaded

  • Scubagirl Jul 17, 2013

    ""Are they going to also suggest the video of him laughing about the crime and wearing Mr. Jordan's jewelry was also fabricated?"

    Well, I do not know about that, but this action by the SBI is unacceptable. Regardless of what happens in this case, those agents should be facing criminal charges. whatelseisnew"

    Maybe you weren't around here then, but many of us WERE and we DO know about that. I also believe he's guilty, just like was proven in the trial. He's just looking for an excuse and easy way out. Hope he doesn't get it. He killed a good man and we are left w/ a sorry prisoner-by sorry I do NOT mean remorseful either

  • NCAries Jul 17, 2013

    @Iwas...probably because he was in there for killing Jordan's dad. I'm sure he had to fight to survive.

    @conniel
    You said "I think it is a waste of our tax dollars because I believe he is guilty and obviously a jury of his peers felt the same way." I'm sure MJ wouldn't want the wrong person imprisoned for his father's death and your beliefs have nothing to do with anything other than your opinion. As for the jury of his peers, I doubt he had that and the lab evidence should be questioned since it has been proven to be falsified in other cases.

More...