James Jordan hit the road shortly after midnight, cruising into the summer darkness in his red Lexus SC400. Jordan had spent that day — July 22, 1993 — at the funeral of a former co-worker in Wilmington, N.C., later visiting with friends.
Now he was headed 3 ½ hours toward his home in Charlotte, scheduled to fly to Chicago the following day.
He never made it.
On the same evening, Daniel Green and Larry Demery gathered at a cookout in Lumberton, N.C., two teenage friends hanging out. Within hours, though, their lives converged with the father of the world’s most renowned basketball player.
Jordan wound up in a South Carolina swamp, his dead body draped over a tree limb. Green and Demery wound up with life sentences for first-degree murder.
Yet 25 years later, in a criminal case with an abundance of layers, key questions remain unanswered. And with Green continuing his fight for freedom in the North Carolina justice system, somehow the back cover on the case has still not been closed.