Episode 8: “New Evidence, New Questions”
When Chris Mumma, who heads the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, gets involved in Daniel Green’s case in 2016, it looks like there is a chance he might get back in front of a judge. Not only is she a pit bull and a ferocious litigator in the courtroom, she has a long track record of getting innocent men out of prison—nine to be exact.
One of those people is Greg Taylor, a North Carolina man who was released from prison in 2010 after spending almost 17 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit. And there are some similarities between what happened in Greg’s and Daniel’s cases. It took Daniel six years to convince Mumma to join his legal team, but eventually she comes on board.
Immediately, Mumma begins to pick out what she sees as serious problems with the case.
Why had Daniel’s attorneys failed to call multiple alibi witnesses at trial? Mumma says the agent who examined the potential blood evidence in James Jordan’s car, misled the jury. She says Larry Demery changed his story multiple times undermining his credibility as a witness and was potentially coerced by investigators. She keeps finding more and more things that to her point towards Daniel’s innocence.
After poring over all the documents, evidence and interviews in the case, Mumma files a motion for appropriate relief on Daniel’s behalf. This means she asked the court to look at the issues with Daniel’s case and grant an evidentiary hearing where she can present her concerns in-depth, and hopefully convince a judge Daniel deserves a new trial.
In this episode, we dig into the holes Mumma has found with Daniel’s case. And we find out the answer to whether Daniel will get a new trial.