The hearing was the first time in 28 years that Daniel Green, who’s been in prison since his arrest in 1993, was eligible for parole. Three people, including his attorney, Christine Mumma, spoke to the head of the Parole Commission last month on his behalf.
She was joined by the president of the North Carolina NAACP and a pastor who says he was convinced to get involved after watching the Capitol Broadcasting docu-series “Moment of Truth.” WRAL’s debut true-crime series, “Follow The Truth,” digs into the murder of James Jordan, father of basketball superstar Michael Jordan.
The 10-part series then looks into the case against Daniel Green, the man who has said for nearly 30 that he is innocent of the crime. Listen or learn more at followthetruthpod.com; subscribe and download episodes from your favorite podcast app. Green admits to helping his co-defendant and best friend at the time, Larry Demery, get rid of James Jordan’s body, but Green says he was not there when Jordan was killed. Demery took a plea deal and testified against Green. He has been granted parole in August 2024.
When James Jordan was killed, Michael Jordan was leading the Chicago Bulls to the team’s third consecutive NBA championship, burnishing a legend that began at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played for Dean Smith and won an NCAA championship.
Green can be considered for parole again in three years. He has another chance at freedom, a pending appeal Mumma filed last month. She has asked for a new hearing in the case, a hearing she argues was wrongly denied last year.
Key to the new evidence is a statement from Demery, who, Mumma says, told her Green was not there when Jordan was killed. She said she believes Demery will testify to that fact – contradicting his testimony from Green’s original trial – if a new hearing is allowed.
She also cited errors by judges and Green’s defense attorneys that she thinks warrant further consideration, including a witness who says she saw Green at a party at the time of the murder. “I truly believe he has been denied justice since the day he was arrested,” Mumma said.