LUMBERTON — Daniel Green, the convicted killer of Michael Jordan’s father, sat quietly in Robeson County Superior Court on Friday as his defense team tried to persuade a judge to let second-hand affidavits be submitted as part of their effort to obtain an evidentiary hearing for their client.
Green, now 42, was convicted in 1996 of the 1993 murder of James Jordan. He was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
In addition to their request to Special Superior Court Judge Michael Beale that the affidavits collected by Green attorney Ian Mance be made part of the record at future evidentiary hearings, Scott Holmes, another member of Green’s defense team, requested that interviews and information dating back to 1993 be submitted to the defense for their review. The SBI information was requested to determine if any evidence was withheld by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
The defense is trying to build a case that Jordan’s murder was the result of a drug deal that may have involved Hubert Larry Deese, the son of former Robeson County Sheriff Hubert Stone and a convicted drug trafficker.
Another man convicted in the murder, Larry Demery, testified during his trial that the murder resulted from a carjacking that went wrong.
On Friday, Beale ordered prosecutors to obtain the SBI information requested by the defense. Earlier this week, SBI information requested in November was turned over to Green’s defense team.
“The most important thing is that new evidence has been supplied that shows information during the trial was withheld,” Holmes said after the hearing.
Beale, however, after hearing arguments from both the defense and state prosecutors, did not allow the affidavits collected by Mance to be submitted at this time.
The judge raised the concern that if the second-hand affidavits were allowed as evidence and it it becomes necessary for those witnesses to testify at a future evidentiary hearing, they could change their stories.
Holmes had argued that other means of evidence, including police records, could be submitted to support the affidavits if it becomes necessary.
Another hearing will be held after the new SBI information requested by Green’s defense is forwarded to the judge and Green’s attorneys.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.