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Testimony continues in Tex McIver murder trial

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Testimony continues on Thursday in the murder trial of Tex McIver, an attorney accused of killing his wife and trying to make it look like an accident.

Diane McIver, 64, was a successful businesswoman who was shot to death in Atlanta in September of 2016.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Diane McIver has almost $500,000 in the bank when she died and she paid off her credit card bills in full each month. She had life insurance policies totaling about $1.6 million. 

It was also revealed that Tex McIver's role and salary were recently diminished at the law firm he worked for.

Jurors also heard testimony from Terry brown, Mrs. McIver's personal assistant. Brown testified that Mrs. McIver owed more than $900,000 to a company she was part owner of but her life insurance policy covered that debt.

On Tuesday, the state argued that McIver killed his wife because he was running out of money. Prosecutors say he tried to use his connections to get the charges against him dropped.

"He tells me, 'Mr. Dickerson you can get this case dismissed and if you do there's a large bonus in it for you and I wont mind if you share it with the d.a.," said Seleta Griffin, chief senior district attorney.

A former APD homicide detective is expected to take the stand on Wednesday.

The shooting happened in an SUV as the couple was headed back to their Buckhead condo after spending the weekend at their farm in Putnam County. Diane's best friend Dani Jo Carter was driving. Diane was in the passenger seat, and Tex, who was 73 at the time, was in the backseat. 

An attorney for Tex McIver said he had a gun for protection which he was holding in his lap. He dozed off, according to the attorneys, and when the SUV hit a bump, the gun accidentally went off, piercing the passenger seat and killing his wife.

Fulton County prosecutors believe McIver intentionally killed his wife, saying his motive was financial, an assertion that McIver's attorneys argue is not based on fact. 

McIver’s trial was initially scheduled to start in October of 2017, but the judge signed a motion of continuance, moving the trial to March because both the prosecution and defense needed more time to prepare. 

The first part of the jury selection process could be tedious as attorneys will try to weed out potential jurors who have already formed opinions in the highly publicized case. It could take days to seat twelve unbiased jurors plus alternates.

Before the start of jury selection, lawyers for both sides wrangled over how to word the questions the judge will ask potential jurors. At the defense table - attorney Tex McIver, surrounded by his A-team defense attorneys, including murder trial veterans Bruce Harvey and Don Samuel. 

The trial itself is expected to last about three weeks.

Tex and Diane McIver were considered a power couple. They married in 2005. Tex was an accomplished attorney who once served on the State Board of Elections, appointed by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue. Diane was president of Corey Airport Services.

After Diane's death, Tex sold many of Diane's belongings at auction, claiming it was necessary to liquidate some of her estate in order to pay the beneficiaries of her will.

In April, his initial bond was revoked after investigators found a gun in McIver's home buried inside a sock drawer, a violation of his bond. In December of 2017, he walked out of the Fulton County Jail with an ankle monitor after posting $750,000 bond.

He's currently on house arrest in his luxury condo in Buckhead, which he once shared with his wife. 

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