Lumberton, N.C. — 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.