Jury selection began on Monday in a Fulton County courtroom for the upcoming trial of prominent Atlanta lawyer, Tex McIver, who’s accused of shooting his wife in 2016 while he sat in the backseat of an SUV.
WSB-TV reports that McIver’s lawyers had concerns about potential jurors, stating that it would be hard to get a fair trial given the high-profile details of the case. In turn, they delivered a long list of evidence they don’t want the jury to hear, including alleged racist overtones from McIver, his bond revocation for having a gun in his home, and evidence of Diane McIver’s demeanor when she arrived to a local hospital after being shot.
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As CrimeOnline previously reported, McIver admitted he shot his wife, Diane, in the back of the head while he rode in the back of an SUV as she sat in the passenger seat. Yet, he’s always maintained that the gun accidentally went off.
The incident occurred in September 2016, while the couple’s friend, Patricia Carter, also know known as Dani Jo, drove the vehicle. The initial story was that McIver became alarmed as they drove past Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and grabbed a gun stored in the vehicle’s center console as they passed a “Black Lives Matter” protest.
McIver claimed that while holding the gun, it accidentally went off, striking his wife. She died a few hours later during surgery. Prior to surgery, the victim reportedly told a physician that she didn’t want to see her husband.
“When I went to intubate her I said, um, ‘You want me to intubate?’ or ‘I’m going to put this tube down your throat.’ And she said, ‘Yes, please,” Dr. Suzanne Hardy of Emory Hospital said. “So then I asked, ‘Do you want to see your husband?’ I don’t know why that just came to me. And she said, ‘No.'”
One of McIver’s lawyers, Don Samuel, said that Diane McIver declining to see her husband didn’t mean he shot her intentionally. The attorney said the victim said the shooting was an accident several times without being prompted.
The trial is scheduled to start next week, pending jury selection. Prosecution said that the case could take around a month to complete, given the lengthy details and hundreds of witnesses expected to be called in.
McIver is facing charges of felony murder, malice murder, and influencing witnesses.
Check back with CrimeOnline for live coverage of the trial.
[Feature Photo: Tex McIver, Diane McIver/Fulton County DA]