- Craig Schneider The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The murder trial for prominent Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver remains on track for Oct. 30, following a hearing today in which attorneys discussed jury selection, witness lists and admissible evidence.
In an indication of the impending trial, Thursday also marked the first public discussions about the prospect of a plea deal. While no deal was placed on the table, both sides indicated that they wanted to hear what the other side has to say.
For now, the proceedings are moving forward toward the trial starting at end of the month.
“Both sides are ready, and that’s the plan,” said McIver’s lead defense attorney William Hill after the hearing in Fulton County Superior Court.
In an odd twist, both the prosecution and defense have said they could use more time. But the defense has said that it will not request a postponement — which could delay the trial for months — unless their client is released from jail on bond in the interim. Lead prosecutor Clint Rucker made clear that he opposes bond for McIver.
Regarding any possible plea deal, Judge Robert McBurney set a deadline of close of business Monday for the prosecution to present any plea offer. The defense has until close of business Thursday to respond.
The judge indicated that if the two sides enter into serious negotiations, he might extend the deadline.
McIver is accused of killing his business executive wife, Diane McIver, a year ago while the couple were passengers in an SUV driving near Piedmont Park. He has said the fatal shooting was an accident.
Know what’s really going on with crime and public safety in your metro Atlanta community, including breaking news, trial coverage, trends and the latest on unsolved cases. Sign up for the AJC’s crime and safety newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.