March 1, 1996 in Nation/World

Conviction In Death Of Jordan’s Father

Compiled From Wire Services

Daniel Green, 21-year-old high school dropout with a long history of violence, was convicted Thursday of murdering the father of basketball star Michael Jordan.

A Robeson County jury took almost five hours over two days to decide that Green shot James Jordan in the chest in the early hours of July 24, 1993, as the older man snoozed at the edge of the highway in a red Lexus coupe given to him by his son.

The jury will meet again next week to decide whether to sentence Green to death or life in prison. Larry Demery, 20, who was with Green at the time of the murder, had pleaded guilty previously and turned star prosecution witness against his former friend and crime partner in return for a life sentence.

Michael Jordan did not attend the trial.

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