Sept. 25, 2016: Tex McIver shoots Diane in their SUV near Piedmont Park. She dies early the next morning at Emory University Hospital on Clifton Road.
Sept. 26, 2016: An autopsy performed on Diane McIver determines she died of a gunshot wound to the back. The medical examiner declares the incident a homicide.
Sept. 30, 2016: Bill Crane, a spokesman for Tex McIver, says the lawyer shot his wife accidentally after the Ford Expedition they were riding in hit a bump. Crane said the McIvers became alarmed and took their .38-caliber revolver from the console after individuals approached the vehicle. Crane said the McIvers were also worried about unrest surrounding recent Black Lives Matter protests in the area.
Oct. 6, 2016: In his first public comments on the case, Tex McIver tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the shooting was an accident. McIver’s lawyer, Stephen Maples, also says some details provided by Crane about the night of the shooting were wrong. Maples said there was never a concern about Black Lives Matter. And he disputes that the gun went off after the SUV struck a bump. Instead, Maples says, Tex McIver was startled awake and the gun, which was in his lap, went off.
Oct. 12, 2016: The AJC reports that in 1990 Tex McIver fired his gun at a car carrying three teens outside his DeKalb County home. A grand jury found probable cause to indict him, but the case was dropped after the parties settled it privately.
Nov. 1, 2016: Dani Jo Carter, a friend of Diane McIver who was driving the couple the night of the shooting, speaks for the first time. Carter’s attorney says the SUV was stopped when the gun went off.
December 2016: Tex McIver sells off his late wife’s clothing, jewelry, hats furs and other possessions at an estate sale that lasts several days and draws thousands of people.
Dec. 21, 2016: Atlanta Police charge Tex McIver with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in the shooting death of his wife. The charges suggest they believe Tex McIver’s claim that the shooting was an accident.
Dec. 31, 2016: It emerges that Tex McIver owed his wife $350,000 at the time of her death. McIver says the money went to build a barn with guest quarters on the couple’s farm in Putnam County.
April 14, 2017: Prosecutors serve multiple subpoenas seeking the McIvers’ financial records. The move makes clear that the Fulton County district attorney’s office is not convinced the shooting was an accident.
April 26, 2017: McIver has his bond revoked after a Glock pistol is found in the sock drawer of his Buckhead condo. Following a three-day hearing, a Fulton County judge sends McIver to jail.
April 27, 2017: McIver is indicted on a charge of malice murder along with six other charges, including three counts of influencing a witness.