The jury in the trial of an attorney accused of murdering his wife has reached a unanimous verdict. Guilty
Following 20 days of testimony and nearly 80 witnesses, the jury began deliberations on April 17.
In September 2016 Tex McIver, 75, and his wife Diane, 64, were riding in an SUV along Piedmont Avenue. Tex was in the back seat behind Diane with a loaded handgun he says was on his lap. At some point, the gun went off, killing Diane.
McIver later claimed he had fallen asleep, and that when the car stopped, he lurched forward and accidentally pulled the trigger.
Prosecutors argued Tex killed Diane for financial gain.
Here's a list of the charges McIver faced and the sentences associated with them:
- FELONY MURDER (Mandatory Life sentence) (With or Without parole is at judge's discretion)
1A. INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER (1-10 years in prison)
- MALICE MURDER (Mandatory Life Sentence) (With or Without parole is at judge's discretion)
2A. INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER (1-10 years in prison)
- AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (1-20 years in prison)
- POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING COMMISSION OF A FELONY (5 years tacked onto other sentence)
- INFLUENCING A WITNESS (1-5 years in prison)