EATONTON — Put a million-dollar exclamation point on the McIver saga. The tragic tale that began nearly two years ago when high-powered corporate attorney Claud “Tex” McIver fatally shot his wife, Diane, reached a crescendo of sorts on Saturday when the couple’s 85-acre ranch was sold at auction.
Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery will auction the ranch that belonged to Tex and Diane McIver and all its furnishings.
EATONTON - Diane McIver’s wedding dress may soon hang in a stranger’s closet. Someone’s going to sip from her Waterford crystal flutes, dazzle in her emerald and diamond pendants, lounge on the inflatable whale that once floated on her pool and maybe heed the message on the plaque that hangs outside her back door:
Clint Rucker, the Fulton County prosecutor who won a conviction in the murder of Diane McIver by her husband, Tex, wrote a poem in her memory that he read in front of her friends and others Wednesday.
Anyone who followed the high-profile Tex McIver trial with rapt attention will remember the name Clint Rucker.
In the murder trial of Claud “Tex” McIver, prosecutors alleged that he killed his wife Diane because he was afraid of losing his beloved ranch. Now that’s exactly what is happening. The 84-acre property — along with most of its furnishings, art and decorative items — is expected to hit the auction block on the weekend of Aug.
The woman who witnessed Claude “Tex” McIver shoot and kill his wife said the convicted killer deserves to be in prison. “I think he needs to be in hell,” Dani Jo Carter told Channel 2 Action News. Carter was driving the McIvers’ SUV in September 2016 when Tex McIver, seated behind the passenger seat, shot his wife, Diane McIver.
If you were serving on a jury that was about to find someone guilty, would you want to know how much prison time the defendant could get as a consequence of your verdict? Of course you would. Yet juries in Georgia, except in death penalty cases, are not supposed to know anything about the potential punishment facing the accused.
Claud “Tex” McIver, sentenced last week to life in prison after being convicted of fatally shooting his wife, will spend the remainder of his days with some of the more notorious convicts in the state. McIver called an upscale Buckhead condominium home until last month, when a jury found him guilty of murder.
Her testimony helped send Claud “Tex” McIver to prison for life for the fatal shooting of his wife, but now Dani Jo Carter finds herself in the legal crosshairs of Diane McIver’s estate. She’s been named, along with McIver, in a wrongful death lawsuit filed earlier this week. Confused? Carter sure was.
The jury that convicted Claud “Tex” McIver of his wife’s murder barely heard his voice: The politically connected attorney chose not to testify. Before his trial, McIver spoke out often, raising suspicions with almost every word.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action news have provided LIVE coverage of the Tex McIver case. For more information on the trial, follow previous coverage of the case on myajc.com and listen to the “Breakdown” podcast. Tex McIver has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Tex McIver will be back in Fulton County court today. The Atlanta attorney faces life in prison after being convicted last month of felony murder in the 2016 shooting death of his wife, Diane. His sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Claud “Tex” McIver returns to court Wednesday to get a sentence of life in prison for the murder of his wife Diane. The punishment, to be handed down by Chief Judge Robert McBurney, doesn’t sit well with some jurors who convicted McIver.
The public is likely to see Tex McIver just one more time — at his sentencing hearing on May 23. After that, the 75-year-old man will disappear into the state prison system to live out his days. The final episode of this season of “Breakdown,” now available (podcast player below), takes you through the climax of the seven-week McIver murder trial. » Tex is guilty.
She made a small fortune in real estate, and Diane McIver amassed an impressive collection of the finest furs, hats and jewelry. At the time of her death, the woman who began her career answering phones was worth millions of dollars, and her husband, Claud “Tex” McIver, was to inherit most of it. Until he was found guilty of her murder.
For a while Monday afternoon, Tex McIver’s legal team harbored good feelings. After four days of deliberating, jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked on most charges against him. A hung jury after six weeks of trial would have been a victory of sorts for the defense.
Deadlocked during a fifth day of deliberations, yet urged by the judge to reach a verdict, jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial settled on a compromise seemingly satisfying to both sides. A majority of the jurors wanted to convict McIver on felony involuntary manslaughter, a charge that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
The sentencing for Tex McIver will be held May 23. McIver, a prominent Atlanta, attorney, was convicted Monday of felony murder and three lesser charges after the fatal September 2016 shooting of his wife, Diane, as they rode in their SUV. The felony murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. The judge has the discretion to make McIver, 75, eligible for parole.
Around 2 p.m. Monday, after more than 27 hours of deliberations, jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial told Judge Robert McBurney they were hopelessly deadlocked. But less than two hours later, the 7-woman, 5-man panel came back with a verdict few expected: Guilty of felony murder, and three of the remaining four counts.
Sept. 25, 2016: Tex McIver shoots Diane in their SUV near Piedmont Park. She dies early the next morning at Emory University Hospital on Clifton Road. Sept. 26, 2016: An autopsy performed on Diane McIver determines she died of a gunshot wound to the back. The medical examiner declares the incident a homicide. Oct.
Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was found guilty on Monday of felony murder and other charges, ending a tragic saga that began with the fatal shooting of his wife, Diane, in September 2016. The charge carries a mandatory sentence of life behind bars. The jury acquitted McIver of malice murder, which would have meant the killing was intentional.
Tex McIver was found guilty on Monday of felony murder but acquitted of malice murder. What’s the difference? Malice Murder: An intentional murder that is willful and premeditated. Felony Murder: A killing that occurs during the commission or attempted commission of a felony. Intent is not necessary.
The seven women and five men in the Tex McIver jury on Monday came down with a verdict in the case. Here is a breakdown of what they decided after deliberating for about 29 hours over five days: 1. Murder: “Unlawfully and with malice aforethought, cause the death of Landa Diane McIver, a human being, by shooting her with a handgun” NOT GUILTY 2.
UPDATE: The judge in the Tex McIver murder trial instructed the jury to double down and try to reach a verdict. Jurors sent out a note earlier today saying they “don’t see a path” to overcome their differences on the defendant’s intent for all but one of the five counts, including malice murder.
Late Friday, the seven women and five men serving as jurors in the Tex McIver murder trial called it quits and went home for the weekend without reaching a verdict. Experts say their deliberations – roughly 24 hours over four days – are unusually long for a criminal trial.
Jurors in the murder trial of Tex McIver wrapped up deliberations Friday without a verdict for the fourth day in a row — for a total of more than 22 hours of debate so far. That’s an eternity for the lawyers trying the case, of course, but even attorneys watching the trial from afar say four days of deliberation is, indeed, unusually lengthy.
The jury asked to see the SUV again where Diane McIver was shot.
On Wednesday, it appeared jurors might be nearing a verdict in Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial. Instead, they remain deadlocked after a second full day of deliberations. For the second time this week, the 12-person panel sat in McIver’s Ford Expedition, this time holding the defendant’s .38 revolve in an attempt to re-create the events of September 25, 2016.
The 12-person jury deciding Tex McIver’s fate is composed of seven women and five men. They include gun owners, relatives of police officers and a participant in a Black Lives Matter protest. Eight jurors are white, three are black and one is of Indian descent. They have also been able to ask their own questions of the witnesses once the lawyers are done.
After hearing from 78 witnesses who testified over 20 days, the jury in the murder trial of Tex McIver is deliberating. Jurors must decide whether the fatal shooting of Diane McIver, Tex’s wife, was an intentional act or a terrible accident.
The jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial have wrapped up their second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. But late Wednesday they provided some clues on their thinking, asking the judge four questions, one of which could be viewed as promising news for the prominent Atlanta attorney charged with killing his wife. The first appears to be the most telling.
It was a clash of styles, cerebral and sarcastic on one side, earnest and bombastic on the other.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action news are bringing you LIVE gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Tex McIver murder trial. Check back each day for a live blog from the courtroom and daily video recaps. Visit myajc.com/crime/ for previous coverage of the case and a link to our Breakdown podcast. The jury is done deliberating today, Judge McBurney says.
When considering the unpredictable nature of juries, look no further than Annie Anderson, the personal masseuse to Claud “Tex” and Diane McIver who prosecutors insinuated was a possible paramour to the defendant. The defense used that innuendo to their advantage when calling Anderson as a witness last Thursday.
Court adjourns for the day. Jurors were allowed to look inside McIver’s Ford Expedition, which looks as it did the night Diane McIver was shot and killed.Some jurors took a little more than an obligatory glance; others sat in the back passenger seat, from where Tex fired the gun, and in the seat occupied by Dani Jo Carter, who was driving the vehicle.
Tex McIver’s fate will almost certainly be in the hands of the jury sometime this week. The new episode of our Breakdown podcast, which went live early Monday, explores how McIver’s murder trial came to this pass — the weeks of prosecution testimony vs. the days of defense testimony.
After 19 days of testimony and nearly 80 witnesses, the murder trial of Claud “Tex” McIver is nearing the end. The state plans to call two or three rebuttal witnesses on Monday, with closing arguments slated for Tuesday morning.
The defense in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial rested Friday after just two and a half days — a mere fraction of the time the prosecution spent arguing that McIver intentionally killed his wife with a bullet to the back during a car ride in September 2016. A swift defense is not unusual in high-profile cases such as this one. The defense has no burden of proof.
The defense presented for three days and then rested its case Friday afternoon.
Jurors hear from the new executor of Diane McIver’s estate
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action news are bringing you LIVE gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Tex McIver murder trial. Check back each day for a live blog from the courtroom and daily video recaps. Visit myajc.com/crime/ for previous coverage of the case and a link to our Breakdown podcast.
Tex McIver is one flawed, hot mess of a human being. Of that there’s little doubt. The 2016 killing of Tex’s wife shined a light on the life of a man — and on a thought process — that was odious to at least half of Atlanta. Probably even a much bigger fraction. Insular, entitled, suspicious, connected, rich, careless and clueless. Tex is all of those.
She was the subject of unsubtle innuendo, name dropped repeatedly by the state throughout its case. Prosecutors noted Annie Anderson’s constant presence alongside Claud “Tex” McIver in the week following the fatal shooting of his wife, Diane, in September 2016. Anderson was at McIver’s Buckhead condominium and at his Putnam County ranch, prosecutors said.
Massage therapist Annie Anderson said she charged $100 an hour for massages for the couple.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action news are bringing you LIVE gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Tex McIver murder trial. Check back each day for a live blog from the courtroom and daily video recaps. Visit myajc.com/crime/ for previous coverage of the case and a link to our Breakdown podcast. Court is adjourned for the day. We return at 9 a.m. Friday 5:15 p.m.
Less than 24 hours after the state rested in the Claud “Tex” McIver trial, the defense’s job got a little easier. Two of the three charges for influencing a witness were thrown out by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney.
The judge is telling the jury that it’s possible the defense will finish with its witnesses by Friday. If that estimate holds, it means the case could go to the jury for deliberation possibly early next week.