Atlanta–Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was indicted on murder charges Thursday following months of investigation by Fulton County prosecutors convinced the shooting of his wife was no accident.
McIver is charged with malice murder, felony murder and five other counts in the September 2016 death of Diane McIver.
McIver’s behavior after the murder appeared to be a major factor in bringing the new charges.
According to the charging documents, McIver instructed Patricia “Dani Jo” Carter, a friend of his wife who was driving the couple when the shooting occurred, to tell police she wasn’t there.
Dani Jo Carter was driving the SUV in which Diane McIver was shot and killed by Claud “Tex” McIver in September.
An indictment claims McIver urged Carter to tell police she was not present when he shot his wife.
Less than two weeks later, on October 6, the indictment states, McIver left a voicemail with Carter’s husband, Thomas Carter, asking him to stop his wife from “Communicating her recollections of the facts and circumstances of the death of Diane McIver to law enforcement officers, because said statements placed the defendant at imminent risk of immediate incarceration.” He then asked Thomas Carter to delete that voicemail.
The indictment also alleges that McIver told Bill Crane, who was acting as a spokesman immediately after the shooting, to retract a statement made to media.
At the time, Crane told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that when the McIvers pulled off the interstate, Tex McIver feared they had happened upon a Black Lives Matter protest.
McIver, a prominent attorney accused of killing his executive wife has been sent back to jail because a gun was found in his sock drawer, violating his bond.
Now facing murder charges, McIver will be held with no possibility for bond until his case is assigned to a Fulton Superior Court judge.
McIver’s attorney, Stephen Maples, said he was disappointed with the prosecutor’s decision.