BREAKING: Tex McIver guilty of felony murder, other charges

Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was found guilty of felony murder, ending a tragic saga that began with the fatal shooting of his wife, Diane, in September 2016.

Follow along here as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News bring you live coverage of the jury verdict:

The jury acquitted McIver of malice murder, which implied it was intentional. But the prominent Atlanta attorney was found guilty of the lesser charges, including aggravated assault and witness influencing.

McIver showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He took off his belt, gave it to one of his attorneys then placed his hands behind his back to be handcuffed.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard was in the courtroom for the verdict, sitting behind lead prosecutor Clint Rucker.

After the verdict, Howard received congratulatory hugs and pats on the back from onlookers.

Felony murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Sentencing will come at a later date.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for roughly 29 hours over five days before reaching a decision. They heard from 78 witnesses in testimony that spanned six weeks.

Earlier Monday they had said they were deadlocked.

McIver was charged with shooting his wife, Diane, as they rode in their SUV near Atlanta’s Piedmont Park in September 2016.

MORE: Read the charges filed against Tex McIver

MORE: A look at the Tex McIver jury

McIver, 75, has maintained the shooting was a terrible accident. But prosecutors have said McIver shot his 64-year-old wife on purpose because of money troubles.

The case, with its near-constant twists and turns, has attracted intense interest, providing a window into Buckhead’s circle of wealthy elite.

Before the shooting, Tex McIver was a politically-connected attorney. Diane McIver was a powerful businesswoman who led Atlanta-based U.S. Enterprises.