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Driver, best friend of Atlanta businesswoman distraught after shooting death

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

CBS46 found the key witness in the shooting death of an Atlanta businesswoman: the driver.

The witness is Dani Jo Carter and she is the best friend of the late businesswoman, Diane McIver. Carter was in the car the day McIver was shot and killed by her husband, Tex McIver. 

Fighting back tears, Carter told CBS46 she lost her best friend and didn't want to talk about the incident.

Carter was the driver in the couple's car, returning from a weekend in Putnam County. Diane McIver was in the front seat and Tex McIver was sitting directly behind her in the back seat. Police did not include Carter's name in a brief incident report previously released, however, we spoke to Carter and she said it's a difficult time.

The night of the shooting, as Carter was driving the couple home, Tex McIver asked for his gun after waking up and realizing they took a detour on I-85 off the Edgewood Road exit. After falling back to sleep with the gun in his hand, Tex McIver says he woke up on Piedmont Avenue to the sound of a gun shot with no recollection of how he pulled the trigger.

In an emotional phone call, Tex McIver described what happened moments after.

"Once we determined that Diane had been hurt, there was this race to the hospital," Tex McIver said.

It was Carter who rushed to Emory Hospital after realizing her friend of 40 years was shot.

Diane McIver later died in surgery.

Her lawyer says Carter is devastated. In a statement he said, "Dani Jo has spoken at length with the Atlanta Police Department and has given a statement. She is continuing to cooperate in every way she can..."

A spokesperson with Atlanta police said the department is not hiding information or treating this case differently. The spokesperson added that they're investigating it as any other homicide.

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