Summary: Atlanta attorney Tex McIver was charged with the murder of his wife and attempts to influence witnesses.
New details have emerged into what really happened on the night of September 25, 2016 when Diane Mciver was shot by her husband. Tex McIver, an Atlanta attorney, will be charged with malice murder for shooting his wife in the back while he was sitting behind her in their Ford Expedition.
The Fulton County district attorney’s office has charged McIver for shooting and killing his wife Diane, while a grand jury found cause to indict him with murder and six other charges. The newest charges include Unlawfully Influencing Witnesses, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
In the original account of what happened that night, McIver stated he became tired while driving back to Atlanta from their Putnam County farmhouse and pulled over to take a nap in the back seat. He felt the neighborhood was unsafe so he took his gun out of the glove box. He accidentally fired the gun while he was asleep, shooting his wife through the back of the passenger seat.
Now it is apparent that another person was in the car. Dani Jo Carter, Diane’s best friend for over 30 years, was the one driving the car with McIver in the backseat the entire time. The three took a detour from their usual route off I-85. McIver felt the area was not safe so he asked for his gun. He fell back asleep in the backseat and awoke to the sound of a gun. McIver then realized he had pulled the trigger while sleeping. They drove her to Emory Hospital in DeKalb County where she was pronounced dead.
The new indictment claims that McIver attempted to influence Carter. McIver allegedly left a voicemail on her husband’s phone saying that the needed to stop talking to police “because said statements placed the defendant at imminent risk immediate incarceration.” He also allegedly told Carter’s husband to delete the voicemail so prevent the police from obtaining it.
District Attorney Paul Howard’s office said, “As a result of the indictment, the Grand Jury issued a ‘No Bond’ warrant for McIver’s arrest. McIver will be assigned to a Fulton County Superior Court Judge within the next several days and appear at a Court arraignment a short time later.” The Fulton County judge revoked the bond since McIver violated it. Prosecution emphasized during the hearing that McIver could influence witnesses again if he were released from jail. He was taken back to jail. The judge will determine if another option to release McIver on bond to be under house arrest will be possible.
The unlawfully influencing witness charges carry two to ten years sentences each.
The McIver family’s spokesman, Bill Crane, was asked to retract a statement he made on behalf of McIver that Tex had told him, according to the indictment.
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