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Executive Producer Shelly Leslie Talks James Jordan Docuseries ‘Moment of Truth’

Moment of Truth tells the never-before-seen story behind the murder of James Jordan, NBA star Michael Jordan’s father, and captures the history of the social injustice in Robeson County, North Carolina, where two teenagers, Larry Demery and Daniel Green, were charged and convicted of the crime. IMDb TV announced the April 2  premiere date for the original true-crime docuseries, directed by Matthew Perniciaro and Clay Johnson. The five-part series analyzes and presents new compelling information on the 1993 murder of James Jordan, the crime that shocked the nation, creating a media frenzy and countless speculations and baseless conspiracy theories.

Through the use of exclusive archival footage and first-person interviews, Moment of Truth examines all aspects of the case — from the initial crime, to the arrest, trial and conviction of Larry Demery and Daniel Green, and continuing to the current day appeal by Green, who maintains his innocence nearly three decades later. Moment of Truth also delves into the checkered past of Robeson County, North Carolina, including law enforcement corruption exposed in “Operation Tarnished Badge” that resulted in the conviction of 22 deputies from the local sheriff’s office in 2002. 

The series includes on-camera interviews with Green and his lawyer, Christine Mumma, executive director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence. Green’s post-conviction efforts have involved years of appeals and multiple, detailed motions that recently culminated with a North Carolina Superior Court judge denying Green an opportunity to present his evidence of innocence. That decision is currently being appealed.

For the first time, the docuseries shares: 

●      Archival footage from WRAL-TV/Capitol Broadcasting Company that has never been released for other productions or seen outside of North Carolina since 1996.

●      Critical court documents and evidence photos from the case. 

●      Never-before-released trial audio, which was digitized from the original recordings.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Moment of Truth executive producer Shelly Leslie to talk about the significance of bringing these elements of the case to light. You can find our full conversation below.

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