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Murder of Michael Jordan's Dad To Be Reviewed

By Karl Klockars in News on Aug 18, 2010 8:20PM

When Michael Jordan's father James was found to have been shot to death in North Carolina in 1993, Chicago was shocked. That one act so shattered Michael that he left the sport he loved and turned to another interest, baseball, because his father always envisioned him in the MLB. When he did return, he wore number 45 instead of 23 because he wanted his final game while wearing that number to have been the NBA Finals victory, the last game his father saw him play. The famous scene of MJ curled up on the court clutching the basketball after the Bulls defeating the Sonics in the 1996 NBA Finals took place because that win came on Father's Day.

So we can't imagine what must be going through his mind now that North Carolina is reviewing that case, and 189 others, on the basis that blood evidence might have been tainted.

A report released today says that the state crime lab overstated or falsely reported evidence and might have violated state and federal laws in doing so. Among the evidence being investigated is entries to the James Jordan case as well as three executions. The problem with the Jordan case is explained by CBS2:

The review of the Jordan case states an SBI analyst reported that an examination of the scene indicated the presence of blood, but didn't say that four subsequent tests were inconclusive.

If the evidence in question doesn't lead to any changes in the case, one of the killers, Larry Demery, will still be eligible for parole in 5 years.