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The murder trial of Atlanta lawyer Claud ‘Tex’ McIver continues on Friday. McIver is accused of murdering his wife Diane McIver on Sept. 25, 2016. He claims it was an accident. Watch live on the Law&Crime Network in the player above.
McIver has said that he was holding a gun while seated in the backseat of a car for protection as he rode with his wife and their friend Dani Jo Carter through what he felt was a dangerous neighborhood, with Carter driving. At some point, he claims, he fell asleep, and then awoke with a start and accidentally fired the weapon, shooting Diane through her seat in the process. Diane was taken to a local hospital. Tex’s defense claims that before she died, Diane said the shooting “was an accident.”
On Thursday, the jury heard testimony about the gun Tex McIver used in the shooting, as well as the bullet that killed Diane. Zachary Weitzel, a firearms expert with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that normally a test would be done to determine the distance between a gun and its target at the time a bullet was fired, but he didn’t do the test in this case because the gun had reportedly been in a plastic bag when it went off. Under those circumstances, a test of gunpowder residue wouldn’t be accurate, he said.
Court will not be in session next week due to spring break. The trial will resume on Monday, April 9.
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