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Jury is shown enormous gun arsenal of Atlanta lawyer who shot his wife dead

A jury was shown the massive gun collection of an Atlanta attorney who shot dead his wife while in the back seat of a car.

Claud ‘Tex’ McIver, 74, was riding in the back seat with his wife Diane, 63, in the front seat on September 25, 2016, when the gun he was holding went off and killed her.

He described his wife’s death as a ‘tragic accident’ that happened while he was dozing off in the back seat. 

However, prosecutors on the twelfth day of his murder trial on Wednesday, argued that McIver was drowning in debt and had to kill his wife to inherit $4million from her.

A jury was shown the massive gun collection of Atlanta attorney Claud ‘Tex’ McIver (left, Domesday) who shot dead his wife Diane while in the back seat of a car

Towards the end of the day, the prosecution  showed McIver's massive gun arsenal - 44 weapons including handguns, rifles and shotguns

Towards the end of the day, the prosecution showed McIver’s massive gun arsenal – 44 weapons including handguns, rifles and shotguns

Defense attorney Bruce Harvey argued out there is no limit to the number of guns an individual can own

Defense attorney Bruce Harvey argued out there is no limit to the number of guns an individual can own

The prosecution presented to the court that McIver spent much more than he made in salary between 2013 and 2016 after he was stripped of his equity partnership at Atlanta’s Fisher & Phillip.

Accountant Dean Driskell of FTI consulting told jurors that all of McIver’s six accounts had negative balances and that he was $245,000 in debt – filling in gaps when need be with his wife’s money.

Additionally, he was paying her tens of thousands of dollars a year to stay current on a $350,000 interest-only loan he took in 2012 from a business owned by Diane. 

Driskell presented a slide presentation showing a 54 percent drop in salary at McIver’s law firm and described the 74-year-old as ‘cash poor’.

McIver, 74, was riding in the back seat with his wife, 63, in the front seat on September 25, 2016, when the gun he was holding went off and killed her which he called a 'tragic accident'

McIver, 74, was riding in the back seat with his wife, 63, in the front seat on September 25, 2016, when the gun he was holding went off and killed her which he called a ‘tragic accident’

But an accountant told jurors that McIver's six accounts all had negative balances and was $245,000 in debt - filling in gaps when need be with his wife's money (Pictured, Diane McIver)

But an accountant told jurors that all of McIver's six accounts  had negative balances and that he was $245,000 in debt - filling in gaps when need be with his wife's money (Pictured, Diane McIver)

But an accountant told jurors that all of McIver’s six accounts had negative balances and that he was $245,000 in debt – filling in gaps when need be with his wife’s money. Additionally, McIver (right) was paying her tens of thousands of dollars a year to stay current on a $350,000 interest-only loan he took in 2012 from a business owned by Diane (left)

The accountant testified that McIver (pictured, Tuesday) was worth about $1.7million on the day of his wife's death, but he inherited appropriately $4million from her

The accountant testified that McIver (pictured, Tuesday) was worth about $1.7million on the day of his wife’s death, but he inherited appropriately $4million from her

‘There was more money going out than he had going in,’ Driskell said. 

An email was shown to the court the McIver wrote to Diane in June 2016 stating how debt was his primary concern.   

‘I am seriously trying to reduce my monthly expenses,’ he wrote. ‘Debt is my biggest obstacle right now. Plan on hitting the Lotto sometime this week.’ 

Driskell testified that McIver was worth about $1.7million on the day of his wife’s death, but he inherited appropriately $4million from her.

Prosecutors pointed out his net worth more than tripled after he shot his wife.

Towards the end of the day, the prosecution also showed McIver’s massive gun arsenal – 44 weapons including  handguns, rifles and shotguns.

Defense attorney Bruce Harvey argued out there is no limit to the number of guns an individual can own. 



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