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Green Convicted of Killing Michael Jordan’s Father

February 29, 1996

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) _ Daniel Green was convicted today of killing Michael Jordan’s father.

Jurors deliberated 4 1/2 hours over two days before returning guilty verdicts on all charges this afternoon.

Green was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy in the July 23, 1993, attack on James R. Jordan, who was slain as he napped in his $40,000 red Lexus given him by his superstar son.

Green, 21, could face the death penalty.

The six-woman, six-man panel deliberated 1 1/2 hours Wednesday, electing a gospel disc jockey as its forewoman.

They resumed deliberations this morning after requesting copies of the judge’s instructions.

The state’s chief prosecution witness, Larry Martin Demery, testified that Green shot Jordan in the chest during a roadside holdup. He said the two then ditched the body in a swamp and went joyriding in Jordan’s car.

Green later wore a watch and two NBA rings the Chicago Bulls star had given his father, even making a rap videotape of himself flaunting the jewelry. The jury saw a portion of the videotape but without the sound.

Jordan’s family, including his wife, Deloris, were conspicuously absent from the trial. Michael Jordan did not testify. His brother, Larry, was the only family member to attend the trial, and then only long enough to identify the jewelry.

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