Tex McIver in court today on murder charges

Prominent Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver faces his first court appearance this morning since being charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife.

McIver will be arraigned on the charges and will request to be released from jail on bond. He had initially been charged by Atlanta police with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. But Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard recently elevated the charges to include malice murder, felony murder and attempting to influence witnesses. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has closely followed the case since the September shooting. The AJC obtained the first interview with McIver, in which he admits he shot his wife, business executive Diane McIver, but said it was an accident. That story can be read here: 

The AJC spoke to the McIvers’ friends, co-workers and others to compile a portrait of the power couple’s influence, lifestyle and relationship, which can be read here: 

Looking into his background, the AJC found that McIver had run afoul of the law some years ago in an incident that also involved a gun. That story can be read here: 

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The AJC also discovered that McIver owed his wife money at the time of her death. That story:

As questions swirled around McIver’s account of the shooting, the AJC convinced him to break what had been weeks of silence. We sat down for a two-hour interview with him to press him. That story: 

Then came the murder charges, as well as new charges that he allegedly attempted to influence witnesses:

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