After 5 days of deliberation, the jury of seven women and five men found Tex Mclver guilty of felony murder of his wife, Diane, as well as four other charges. According to the AJC, the jury said on Monday that they were deadlocked. After some urging from the Judge, they were able to come to a consensus.
The charges are as follows:
1. Murder: “Unlawfully and with malice aforethought, cause the death of Landa Diane McIver, a human being, by shooting her with a handgun” NOT GUILTY
2. Felony Murder: “Unlawfully during the commission of felony, to wit: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, cause the death of Landa Diane McIver, a human being, by shooting her with a handgun” GUILTY
3. Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon: “Unlawfully commit an assault upon the person of Landa Diane McIver, by shooting her with a handgun.” GUILTY
4. Possession of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony: “Unlawfully have on and within arm’s reach of accused’s person a handgun during the commission of” certain felonies. GUILTY
5. Influencing Witnesses: “Unlawfully and knowingly engage in misleading conduct” by instructing Dani Jo Carter to tell law enforcement officers that she was not present when he shot Landa Diane McIver.” GUILTY
The saga that started almost a year and a half ago in September of 2016, occurred in the couple’s car near Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Mclver has maintained it was accident and that he fell asleep in the backseat of the SUV with his finger on the trigger when he was startled awake and fatally shot his wife.
According to the AJC article, sentencing will come later and it will then be determined if Mclver is eligible for parole. Felony murder carries a mandatory life sentence.
Prior to September 2016, Mclver was a prominent attorney who served on the Georgia Elections Board. He announced he would not seek reappointment just after the death of his wife. Former State Senator Seth Harp, of Columbus, replaced Mclver.