Lawyer Accused of Killing Wife Owed Her $350K: Court Docs
McIver contends gun went off accidentally while couple were in a car
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Claud "Tex" McIver appears before a judge at the Fulton County Jail on Dec, 22, 2016, in Atlanta.   (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

(Newser) – An Atlanta attorney facing manslaughter charges in the September shooting death of his wife owed her $350,000 when she died, CBS46 reports. A business owned by Diane McIver had spotted her husband, Claud "Tex" McIver, the money in December 2011, with a payoff date (with interest) set for December 2014, per court docs. When that payoff didn't happen, Claud was offered a three-year extension. In a previous interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McIver said the loan had gone toward building a $1.3 million barn on the couple's property, complete with stables, a saloon, and guest accommodations. The shooting took place on Sept. 25, when Claud says Diane was sitting in the front passenger seat of an SUV her best friend was driving, with him in the seat directly behind Diane.

He claims he nodded off in the back, and when he jolted awake, a gun he was holding accidentally discharged. A family friend told the AJC a few days after the shooting that the McIvers were fearful of a carjacking due to recent Black Lives Matter protests nearby, but Claud's attorney nixed that allegation about a week later, telling the paper the couple was nervous because of homeless people wandering in the area. Also of note, per court records seen by People: Claud McIver was indicted in 1990 for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in connection with a crime, and criminal damage to property charges after three teens say he shot several times at their car. The court files note that case was settled with undisclosed terms. (A "black widow" down South?)

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