Day two of jury selection in Tex McIver murder trial

- Jury selection continued Tuesday in the high profile murder trial of an Atlanta attorney.

Out of the first panel of 48 potential jurors, 15 told the court they had already made up their minds about McIver's guilt or innocence.

Tex McIver was indicted on seven charges including malice murder in the September 2016 shooting death of his wife, Diane McIver. The couple was riding in their SUV near Piedmont Park with a friend when McIver shot his wife in the back.

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McIver and his attorneys have maintained since the beginning that the shooting was an accident.

"She said it twice. It was an accident and I want [...] people to know that it was an accident," McIver recalled his wife told him in the hospital during a jailhouse interview last spring.

He claimed that he fell asleep and the gun went off accidentally.  According to investigators, McIver told the family friend to drive them to Emory University Hospital where Mrs. McIver succumbed to her injuries. 

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Prosecutors with the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, however, allege that McIver shot his wife for financial gain.

Judge Robert McBurney ruled information Diane was working on regarding a second will be allowed into evidence.  The defense had maintained no second will exist.

Jury Selection was expected to last for at least three days, but because of the slow pace will likely take longer.

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