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Video shown in Jordan murder trial

LUMBERTON, N.C., Feb. 15 -- Prosecutors in the murder trial of Daniel Green won a key victory Thursday when the judge allowed portions of an incriminating videotape to be shown in court. The tape, which was seized by police from codefendant Larry Demery's house, shows Green dancing to rap music and displaying jewelry that belonged to James Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan. Green, 22, and Larry Demery, 21, were charged Aug. 15, 1993, in the robbery and slaying of Jordan, 57, on July 23, 1993 as he slept in his red Lexus along a highway near Lumberton, N.C. Demery pleaded guilty last spring and has testified against Green. Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks, who earlier had banned the use of most of a video tape showing Green rapping and dancing while he was wearing jewelry belonging to Jordan, allowed prosecutors to show part of the tape with the sound down. The portion of the tape shown included the date and time it was made. Weeks said it could be used to establish a time frame and to corroborate testimony. By showing portions of the tape, the prosecution hopes to establish a time frame for events surrounding the murder. North Carolina Bureau of Investigations Agent Kim Heffney, testified that a search hours before Green was arrested in connection with the murder uncovered a burgundy leather briefcase that appeared to have been forcibly opened because its latches were missing. A few hours later Heffney said he went to Demery's residence, where police discovered the missing latch outside of Demery's house.

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Heffney said during another search two days later, one day after the arrest, investigators found a .38 caliber revolver believed to be the murder weapon, as well as the videotape used in court Thursday. Heffney also talked about statements by Demery during initial police interviews with the defendant that appeared to contradict statements Demery has made during the trial. During the trial Demery testified that he was 50 feet away from Green when he heard the gunshot. After the shot, Demery said he ran for his own car. But during the May 95 interviews with police, Heffney said Demery admitted to helping to wipe up some blood from the car. In earlier testimony, a fingerprint expert testified he found no fingerprints belonging to Daniel Green on a car the defendant allegedly stole after killing the father of basketball star Michael Jordan. But State Bureau of Investigation Agent Jerry Richardson said he did find a print belonging to a codefendant who has confessed. Investigators say Green and Demery drove around in the Lexus several days after the murder and after disposing of Jordan's body just south of the South Carolina line. But any fingerprints had apparently been wiped off except for one belonging to Demery that Richardson said he found on the rear view mirror. Richardson also testified there were no identifiable prints on the . 38 caliber revolver allegedly used in the slaying and no identifiable prints on Jordan's credit cards. But the SBI technician said he did find numerous prints belonging to both Green and Demery on compact discs belonging to Jordan and found discarded in a wooded area during the investigation. Also testifying Thursday was Annie Ruth Oxendine, owner of a pawn shop in Pembroke, N.C. She said Green came to her shop July 20, 1993, three days before the murder, to buy a box of .38 special ammunition. She produced a copy of the sales slip signed by Green for the transaction which was for $11.19. Weeks, during statements made outside the presence of the jury expressed frustration with the slow pace of the trial. 'These folks on the jury are going to have the difficult responsibility of trying to remember what's important and what's not,' Weeks told attorneys. 'A lot of what has come out in this case has had very little to do with the central issues.'

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