James Jordan, the father of Michael Jordan, is pictured before his 1993 death
Basketball star Michael Jordan‘s dad was not shot by Daniel Andre Green, a new documentary claims – supporting a theory he was killed by Larry Demery.
Much of the claim is built around James Jordan’s autopsy report after his body was found in a South Carolina swamp in August 1993, according to a clip from the new docuseries Moment of Truth published by The Daily Beast.
The five-part docuseries is set for release on April 2 and will be available on Amazon’s ad-supported free streaming service IMDb TV.
Authorities had determined that Jordan had pulled his red Lexus to the side of the road to take a nap when he was the victim of a botched car jacking and was shot once in the chest, killing him.
Cops arrested Green, then-18, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder after his best friend Demery testified against him.
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan, left, is pictured with his father James Jordan, right
Larry Demery, left, and Daniel Green, were pictured leaving a Lumberton, North Carolina courthouse in 1993 after being charged with murdering James Jordan
Demery, who was also sentenced to life in prison, is scheduled to be released on parole in August 2023 after his plea deal made him eligible in 2016.
The documentary also discusses the alarming lack of investigation into convicted drug trafficker Hubert Larry Deese – the son of Robeson County Sheriff Hubert Stone, who was a friend of the lead investigator.
Christine Mumma, executive director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, talks about the autopsy and subsequent testimony in the clip.
The autopsy was performed by Dr. Joel Sexton as a John Doe when investigators were unable to identify the body because of its decomposition.
Dr. Sexton determined that Jordan died of a shotgun wound to the right side of his chest but could not find corresponding holes in that same area of the shirt.
A group of holes was found in a lower part of the shirt – suggesting the holes would be at the chest if the shirt had been pulled up a foot at the time the gun was fired.
‘There is no hole in the shirt at that point,’ the report reads, according to the Chicago Tribune.
‘Directly below that location in the lower abdominal region are three holes that would line up with the hole in the chest if the shirt were pulled up approximately one foot.’
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls celebrates with his father James Jordan in the locker room after winning Game 5 the 1991 NBA Championship Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls sits next to his then-wife Juanita Vanoy and his dad James while holding the NBA Championship Trophy
Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan serves his father, James, a slice of birthday cake as his mother, Doloris, watches during a party in honor of Jordan’s 26th birthday in 1989
Mumma suggests that the problem wasn’t just the autopsy itself but the testimony that came afterward.
‘It’s not just a matter of maybe he didn’t look for it and missed it. He’s looking for the hole and he has identified other holes. He specifically is making note that there is no hole in the shirt [which would align with the wounds],’ Mumma said in the clip.
‘When the shirt is presented to the jury, there is a hole in the chest that corresponds with the wound in the body. And not only is there a hole in the shirt, there is testimony that there is gun shot residue.’
Mumma suggests that testimony about the gun shot residue seems suspicious because ‘the body was in the water for almost two weeks’ and that it would have likely washed away.
‘Where did that bullet hole come from? How was it not there when the coroner did the initial autopsy on the John Doe and how is it suddenly there when this case comes to trial?’ one man asks in the clip.
Daniel Green, pictured, is serving a life sentence for the July 1993 death of former NBA basketball star Michael Jordan’s father James Jordan
Daniel Green has long claimed that he was innocent of killing Jordan and accused his ex-best friend Demery, not pictured, of killing him after Demery testified against him
Green had an alibi for the night of Jordan’s murder and and several witnesses saw Green at party at his godmother’s trailer the entire night Jordan was killed
The documentary suggests that those questions should lead people to further wonder about how the investigation was conducted.
‘The options are: The medical examiner was that sloppy, that he missed something he was looking for, which calls into question other things about the case,’ Mumma said.
‘Or the shirt was tampered with and the hole was added later because it needed to match with the theory that James Jordan was shot in the car.’
The claims in the documentary are not entirely new. In 2016, The News & Observer reported that lawyers for Green were claiming law enforcement misconduct.
Prosecutors said that Jordan was shot and killed on July 23, 1993 on a highway near Lumberton, North Carolina after leaving an event near Wilmington.
Jordan’s body was found draped over a tree limb in McColl, South Carolina 11 days after the murder. The Lexus was then found vandalized two days after that in the woods near Fayetteville, North Carolina – 60 miles from where his body was found.
Demery, who was also sentenced to life in prison, is scheduled to be released on parole in August 2023 after his plea deal made him eligible in 2016
Green, not pictured, has said Demery told him he killed Jordan after mistaking him for a drug connection but Demery testified that Green killed him during a botched car-jacking
After his autopsy, Jordan was cremated on August 7, 1993 as a John Doe – 15 days after his death. Family members reported Jordan missing 21 days after his murder.
Cops said, when announcing the arrest of Green and Demery, that they found them by tracking calls they made from the cellular telephone in Jordan’s car.
The second call made from Jordan’s phone went to Deese, cops said.
Green’s defense team tried to introduce evidence of that call during his 1996 trial but it was rejected by the judge, outlets reported.
His lawyers have also apparently tried to somehow implicate Deese by noting that both he and Demery worked at Crestline Mobile Home.
The company was located less than a mile away from where Jordan’s body was found and was allegedly part of local drug-trafficking,’ Daily Beast reported.
Demery allegedly helped sell drugs for Deese – who was arrested for trafficking cocaine the year after Jordan’s death.
‘In fact, throughout Deese’s employment at Crestline, he worked as a cabinet setter inside the plant and never had any contact with Larry Demery,’ Deese’s lawyer Dale Godfrey said in a statement obtained by The Robesonian.
‘At the time both men worked for Crestline, the company employed between 150 and 250 employees at the manufacturing plant.’
A call from Jordan’s phone after his death went to a man named Hubert Larry Deese, the son of a former sheriff who Green’s defense claims has ties to Demery, pictured
Later, in 1997, a former police officer told federal agents that Deese was known to pay off deputies for information on drug investigations and even went on ride alongs, the News & Observer reported.
In 2002, an investigation into Robeson County Sheriff’s Office corruption led to the indictment of 22 cops including Glenn Maynor – who succeeded Deese’s father as sheriff.
‘I have rehabilitated my name and reputation since being released on drug trafficking charges in 1998,’ Deese said in a statement provided to the outlet by his lawyer.
‘I have built a successful business, and members of my community are treating me like a murderer when that is simply not the case. I have worked hard to build my life back.’
Godfrey said assertions that Deese was involved in Jordan’s death ‘are misleading.’
‘It must be stated once more, Hubert Larry Deese is in no way connected or involved in the murder of James Jordan,’ Godfrey said.
Prosecution for the case was led by Johnson Britt, who noted Green had already been imprisoned for assault with a deadly weapon in 1990.
‘I believe we’ve killed Michael Jordan’s daddy,’ Demery claimed Green had told him at the time.
Green was also caught on video dancing in a Chicago Bulls gold watch and an NBA All-Star ring, photos of which were permitted in the trial.
A stolen gun was found hidden inside a vacuum cleaner at a home belonging to Green’s mother, where Demery was also staying. Green was seen around town in the Lexus, prosecutors claimed.
However, Green had an alibi for the night of Jordan’s murder and has repeatedly claimed innocence in the case.
Several witnesses saw Green at party at his godmother’s trailer the entire night Jordan was killed, Daily Beast reported.
Green has claimed that Demery was at the party too but left to meet someone for a drug deal, returning hours later and asking Green to leave with him.
He has claimed that Demery described shooting Jordan after mistaking him for a drug connection. Green also alleged that he helped his old friend dump Jordan’s body and abandon the car.
‘First of all, I know he lied and that’s reality,’ Green said in the docuseries.
‘I know he lied on me and I know he killed James Jordan. Love and hate can’t exist in the same space at the same time. As a prisoner, I firmly believe that a person who is going to get out and not commit crimes should be freed.’
Johnson Britt, the prosecutor in the case, told the Chicago Tribune in 2018 that Green’s continued legal fight to maintain his innocence is simply desperation.
‘I just think that’s his personality,’ Britt said. ‘He’s never going to own up to what he did. He’s never going to own up to what the jury said he did. He just won’t accept it.’