Parole revoked for man convicted for killing Michael Jordan's father

One of two men convicted for murdering Michael Jordan’s father three decades ago has his parole revoked after two ‘substance abuse infractions’ in prison earlier this month

  • The scheduled August 2024 parole for one of two men convicted in the murder of Michael Jordan’s father nearly three decades ago has been canceled 
  • The state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission had announced in 2020 that Larry M. Demery would be released as part of an agreement 
  • The deal called for Demery to take part in a scholastic and vocational program designed to prepare him for life outside prison 
  • The initial release date was August 2023, but it was later pushed back by 12 months 
  • Demery, now 46, is serving his sentence at a minimum security prison in Lincoln County, northwest of Charlotte
  • James Jordan was killed in 1993 while sleeping on the side of a road. His body was found in a South Carolina swamp and identified using dental records 
  • Demery was resentenced in 2008 after an error was found in his initial sentencing. He received a life sentence, making him eligible for parole 

The scheduled August 2024 parole for one of two men convicted in the murder of the father of NBA great Michael Jordan nearly three decades ago has been canceled, a North Carolina state panel said Tuesday.

The state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission had announced in 2020 that Larry M. Demery would be released as part of an agreement in which he would take part in a scholastic and vocational program designed to prepare him for life outside prison. 

The initial release date was August 2023, but it was later pushed back by 12 months.

The commission said Tuesday that Demery’s ‘agreement has been terminated’ effective immediately, giving no reason. 

Demery, now 46, has been serving a life sentence at a minimum security prison in Lincoln County, northwest of Charlotte, for the murder of James Jordan in 1993. 

Prison records show Demery has had 19 infractions lodged against him since 2001, including two for ‘substance possession’ earlier this month. 

Demery would be reviewed again for parole on or about December 15, 2023, the release said.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, right, celebrates winning the NBA Championship with his father, James Jordan, left, after Game Six of the 1993 NBA Finals on June 20, 1993 in Phoenix


James Jordan, left, father of Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan in 1993. Jordan was killed July 23, 1993. Demery, right , is serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of Jordan in 1993

Larry Demery, pictured, leaves the Robeson County Courthouse in a patrol car in 1996 after murdering and robbing James Jordan, father of Michael Jordan

Greg Thomas, a state Department of Public Safety spokesperson, didn’t have additional information on Demery’s situation. 

Generally speaking, Thomas said, a Mutual Agreement Parole Program agreement may be terminated if the prisoner isn’t following program guidelines or is violating behavior rules behind bars.

James Jordan was killed in July 1993 in his red Lexus as he napped along the side of an access road off US Highway 74 in Lumberton, North Carolina, near Interstate 95. Prosecutors said the motive was robbery.

During the trial, prosecutors used testimony from Demery to identify Daniel A. Green as the triggerman. 

Michael Jordan shown in this picture with his father James Jordan, who was killed in 1993


Larry Demery, who pleaded guilty to killing James Jordan, father of basketball star Michael Jordan, leaves the courthouse in Lumberton, North Carolina, March 13, 1996, after a hearing

Demery, who plead guilty to murdering and robbing James Jordan, father of Michael Jordan, pictured above arriving at the courthouse in Lumberton, North Carolina, January 25, 1996

Demery, left, and Daniel Green, charged with murdering James Jordan, father of NBA star Michael Jordan, leave the courthouse in Lumberton October 5, 1993, after a hearing

Jordan’s body was found 11 days later in a South Carolina swamp and identified using dental records. Demery and Green were both 18 at the time.

A jury decided on a life sentence plus 40 years for Demery after he pleaded guilty in 1995 to first-degree murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. 

He was re-sentenced in 2008 after an error was found in his initial sentencing. Demery then received a life sentence, making him eligible for parole.

A judge sentenced Green to life in prison for murder during the commission of a robbery and 10 years for conspiracy to commit robbery. 

A judge refused in 2019 to allow an evidentiary hearing that could have led to a new trial for Green.

After Jordan’s father was murdered, the emotional toll it took on the basketball legend caused him to retire on October 1993.

Overall, Jordan won six NBA championships during his 15 seasons in the league, and is widely regarded as the greatest player to ever play the game.

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