A leading Atlanta attorney who claimed he accidentally shot his wife after dozing off has been charged with her murder. Claud "Tex" McIver, who was initially charged with reckless misconduct and involuntary manslaughter in the Sept. 25, 2016, death of Diane McIver, was hit with new charges Thursday, including malice murder and three counts of influencing witnesses, 11Alive reports. After the shooting, McIver said he'd been in the rear seat of an SUV when the revolver he was holding went off as the vehicle went over a bump, fatally injuring his wife. He had been out on bail on the earlier charges but was returned to jail Wednesday after investigators searched his condo and found a gun in his sock drawer.
The new charges for McIver, who was a partner at a labor law firm until his retirement in December, appear to be linked to his behavior after the shooting, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to court documents, McIver is accused of instructing family friend Dani Jo Carter, who was driving the SUV, to lie to police and say she wasn't there when Diane McIver was shot. McIver also allegedly told Bill Crane, his spokesman after the shooting, to retract a statement he received from McIver saying he had taken the gun out because he was afraid there might be Black Lives Matter protesters in the area. (McIver owed $350,000 to his wife, who was president of a marketing firm.)