Christian Boone

Reporter for Enterprise

Christian Boone joined the AJC as night cops reporter in 2008. He was assigned the public safety beat in 2013 and has covered some of the most notorious crime stories of the last 10 years, including the Dunwoody day care shooting, the Valdosta gym mat death and the Justin Ross Harris saga. An Atlanta native, Boone graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science and later attended the University of Southern California's Graduate Screenwriting Program.

Latest from Christian Boone

Did jurors know they were sending Tex McIver to prison for life?
 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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
Sentencing scheduled for Tex McIver
 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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
Tex McIver said he shot his wife by accident — jurors didn’t buy it
 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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
Tex McIver juror: ‘He’s going to jail!’
 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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
BREAKING: Tex McIver guilty of felony murder, other charges
 Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was found guilty of felony murder, ending a tragic saga that began with the fatal shooting of his wife, Diane, in September 2016. The jury acquitted McIver of malice murder, which implied it was intentional. But the prominent Atlanta attorney was found guilty of the lesser charges, including...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was found guilty of felony murder, ending a tragic saga that began with the fatal shooting of his wife, Diane, in September 2016. The jury acquitted McIver of malice murder, which implied it was intentional. But the prominent Atlanta attorney was found guilty of the lesser charges, including...
Judge to deadlocked Tex McIver jurors: Keep trying
 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. Judge Robert...

Posted: 2 days ago

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. Judge Robert...
BREAKING: Tex McIver jurors say they’re deadlocked
 UPDATE: Jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver trial say 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. Judge Robert McBurney appears inclined to give the jurors an Allen charge, encouraging a deadlocked jury to reach...

Posted: 2 days ago

UPDATE: Jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver trial say 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. Judge Robert McBurney appears inclined to give the jurors an Allen charge, encouraging a deadlocked jury to reach...
McIver deliberations to resume Friday
 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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
The jury in the Tex McIver murder trial
 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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
Does jury question signal acquittal for Tex McIver?
 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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
After highly charged closing arguments, McIver jurors get to work
 It was a clash of styles, cerebral and sarcastic on one side, earnest and bombastic on the other. Closing arguments in the bizarre, captivating and, ultimately, tragic saga of Claud “Tex” McIver and his late wife Diane played out in front of a Fulton County courtroom packed with friends of the Buckhead power couple — though...

Posted: 8 days ago

It was a clash of styles, cerebral and sarcastic on one side, earnest and bombastic on the other. Closing arguments in the bizarre, captivating and, ultimately, tragic saga of Claud “Tex” McIver and his late wife Diane played out in front of a Fulton County courtroom packed with friends of the Buckhead power couple — though...