This week marked the start of Claud “Tex” McIver’s murder trial, a trial in which a jury must decide if the widow is a murderer or if he had an accident. There is no debate over who killed his wealthy, business-oriented wife Diane. The Georgia lawyer has already admitted to shooting her but claimed that it was an accident.
On Thursday, jurors were repeatedly shown surveillance footage of Diane being taken into the hospital. The jurors were instructed to carefully inspect McIver’s demeanor during his wife’s final hours alive, according to 11Alive in Atlanta. Prosecutors claim the video depicts an uncaring husband, who is not consoling his wife. The widow’s defense said the video shows a distraught husband trying to flag down help.
Multiple nurses who were present when Diane arrived testified in court. McIver’s attorney asked one nurse, "So he's walking next to the moving car, right? He's hurrying.”
"He wasn't rushing, no," the nurse replied.
"But he's not being lazy about it, he's asking for help. Right? That's what he's doing," the defense responded.
Nurses testified that Diane kept asking them if she was going to die. They said she was in pain.
Nurse Allison Neely gave testimony which aligns with the prosecution.
"He was just uncaring,” she said of McIver. “He wasn't distraught, he wasn't emotional. Nothing."
The shooting happened while the couple was going for a ride with a friend in 2016. Both were in the backseat of their own Ford Explorer, being driven home by a friend after dinner, according to CBS46. McIver, now 75, claimed he only had two sips of wine at the dinner and got out his gun because thought they were driving through an unsafe area. Then, he said he pulled its trigger while taking a nap in the backseat. At the time of 64-year-old Diane’s death, McIver reportedly owed her $350,000, CBS46 reported.
[Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office]