ATLANTA - Money dominated the testimony Wednesday in the Tex McIver Murder Trial.
Accountant Dean Driskell of FTI consulting told jurors Tex McIver's six accounts had negative balances without money Diane McIver was giving him.
The prosecution said the Atlanta attorney clearly spent more than he made from 2013 to 2016. The accountant showed the jury a PowerPoint-style presentation about his 54 percent drop in salary at his law firm and described McIver as experiencing financial stress.
"He was cash poor," Dean Driskell told the court.
The accountant Driskell said the Putnam County ranch cost $17,000 a month to operate but Tex was not bringing on enough money to cover expenses.
"There was more money going out than he had going in", Driskell said.
In fact, Driskell showed jurors an email Tex sent Diane in June of 2016 saying his primary concern was debt.
Driskell testified that Tex McIver was worried about $1 7 million on the day of his wife's death, but his inheritance from Diane was worth between $3.6 and $4.6 million.
Prosecutors pointed out Tex's net worth more than tripled after he shot his wife.
Defense Attorney Amanda Clark Palmer stressed on cross-examination that Tex's cash flow problem was better with his wife alive than with her dead.
The defense also mentioned McIver's minority shares in Arcilla Mining and Land company.
The prosecution wrapped up the day by showing McIver's elaborate gun collection featuring 44 weapons that were displayed for the jury. Defense attorney Bruce Harvey pointed out there is no limit to the number of guns an individual can own.