The man convicted of gunning down Michael Jordan’s father in Robeson County more than two decades ago and dumping his body in a South Carolina swamp asked Wednesday for a new trial, citing a range of new evidence in the case.
Daniel Green, the man convicted of the murder is seeking a new trial now that new evidence has surfaced according to his attorneys.
Attorneys for Daniel Green filed a 205-page motion for appropriate relief, detailing allegations of juror misconduct, unreliable witness testimony, misleading expert testimony, information prosecutors withheld from defense attorneys and police corruption.
“Daniel Green is guilty of crimes related to the death of James Jordan, but he is innocent of murder,” Anita Earls, executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which is representing Green, said in a statement. “His conviction is the direct result of numerous and egregious errors made during his original trial. He deserves a fair trial where an impartial jury can carefully consider all of the evidence in this case.”
James Jordan was shot to death in his car along U.S. Highway 74 near Lumberton on July 23, 1993. His body was found a couple of weeks later in a South Carolina swamp.
Green has repeatedly insisted that he didn’t kill James Jordan, acknowledging that he only helped dispose of the body and later had some items taken from him and his car. Co-defendant Larry Demery was convicted of a lesser crime in exchange for his testimony implicating Green in the murder.
Attorneys have challenged the blood evidence from the trial during recent years, following an outside audit of the state crime lab in 2010 that found that analysts omitted, overstated or falsely reported information about blood evidence in 190 cases from 1987 to 2003 that ended in convictions.
Green’s case was among those listed in the audit, although his name was subsequently removed from the file.
The motion states that Jennifer Elwell, an analyst at the state crime lab, testified during Green’s trial that blood was found on the seat of James Jordan’s car and called four follow-up tests “inconclusive” when they were actually negative for blood. The results of the follow-up tests were never turned over to defense attorneys, according to the motion, and the blood evidence was later destroyed.
“The blood evidence was critical to securing Mr. Green’s conviction because it was the only physical evidence supporting Larry Demery’s version of events,” Ian Mance, an attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said in a statement.
The motion also states that Robeson County deputies seized James Jordan’s cellphone in the case but never questioned a man who was called on the phone after Jordan’s murder. The man was the son of then-Sheriff Hubert Stone, a friend of the lead investigator and one of Demery’ co-workers, according to the motion.
What do you think…should he get another trial?