One of the two men found guilty of the murder of James Jordan, father of NBA legend Michael Jordan, was granted parole on Wednesday.
Larry Demery was handed a life sentence in 1996 for his role in James Jordan’s murder, alongside Daniel Green, when the pair were just teenagers.
A 17-year-old at the time, Demery and Green discovered James Jordan asleep in his car on the side of a North Carolina highway, before shooting the 56-year-old and stealing the car in July of 1993.
James Jordan’s remains were found in McColl, North Carolina in August that year.
Demery and Green each accused the other of being the one to have pulled the trigger when they were tried for murder, with both being handed life sentences in 1996.
The North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission announced Demery had been granted parole and would be eligible for release in 2023, subject to him remaining in good standing as a prisoner.
Green is not eligible for parole until October next year.
Michael Jordan discussed father on ‘The Last Dance’
His dad’s death — and the wild conspiracy theories regarding the circumstances of his death and abrupt departure from the league to play baseball that followed months later — was featured in the 10-part documentary “The Last Dance” earlier this year.
"It did hurt," Jordan said of the theories in the documentary.
"But you had people that were throwing darts who wanted to hurt me anyway. It wasn't from the people that I loved or the people that knew me and people that cared.
“It was people that got tired of me being on top.
"I didn't retire because the league kicked me out or they suspended me for a year and a half. That is not true. There's no truth to that.
“I needed a break. My father just passed. And I retired. And I retired with the notion that I wasn't going to come back."
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