No ruling in MJ dad’s murder trial review
Ajudge says he needs time to consider whether to allow an inmate to proceed with arguments that he was wrongfully convicted of participating in the murder of Michael Jordan’s father in 1993.
Superior Court Judge Winston Gilchrist heard arguments yesterday by Daniel Green, who claims he helped dump James Jordan’s body but did not kill him. Green was convicted of first-degree murder, and two state courts upheld the conviction. Another man is also serving a life sentence for the killing.
Gilchrist heard three hours of arguments from attorneys for Green and the state attorney general’s office, which opposes his efforts to prove his innocence. The judge is considering whether Green should get a full evidentiary hearing that could possibly lead to a new trial, or if Green’s effort should be denied.
Gilchrist said he was going to reread documents in the case and then issue a ruling at a later date.
In this February 17, 1989 file photo, Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan serves his father, James, a slice of birthday cake as his mother, Doloris, watches during a party in honour of Jordan’s 26th birthday in Chicago, Illinois. James Jordan was killed July 23, 1993, and his body was found 11 days later in a South Carolina swamp.