Former attorney Tex McIver has pleaded guilty to lesser charges related to his wife’s death
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.
[DOWNLOAD: Free WSB-TV News app for alerts as news breaks]
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.
[SIGN UP: WSB-TV Daily Headlines Newsletter]