Former attorney Tex McIver has pleaded guilty to lesser charges related to his wife’s death

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The retrial of the former lawyer accused of shooting and killing his wife will not go ahead after the prosecution and defense reached a plea agreement.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winnie He was inside the courtroom Friday where Judge Robert McBurney announced that a plea bargain had been reached.

McIver agreed to reduce the felony murder charge to manslaughter and the aggravated assault charge to reckless conduct. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“I want to make it perfectly clear: Diane is the best friend I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a lot of good friends for a long time…but she won my heart so quickly. She was once again the best partner I could have ever imagined. And I will always love her in that regard,” McIver said in a statement. Judge: She died as a result of my actions, plain and simple.

We will have live reaction to the plea deal on Channel 2 Action News at noon.

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McIver, his wife Diane McIver, and their friend Danny Joe Carter were returning home from a party when Tex McIver shot Diane McIver in the back while sitting behind her in the car.

Diane McIver died in hospital. A jury in 2018 found McIver guilty of murder.

In 2022, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction, ruling that jurors had not been properly instructed.

The state scheduled a retrial for December, but jury selection lasted only one day before McIver’s attorneys filed a motion barring the prosecution from presenting evidence that McIver had intent to kill his wife.

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