Diane McIver, 63, was a shrewd, successful, and hardworking businesswoman in Atlanta, Georgia. She was also a very generous and caring person who took excellent care of the people who were closest to her. As an affluent member of society, she made significant donations to local Republican political campaigns and causes as well. All of this is why her sudden and untimely death came as such a shock to her loved ones and the Georgia community at large.
A verdict for this extremely high-profile case was reached just last spring, and it’s important that all of the facts are delivered to the public as accurately as possible.
|About Diane McIver|
|Known As||Diane Smith|
|Birth||July 21, 1953 Auburn, Alabama|
|Death||September 26, 2016 Emory Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Spouse||Claud "Tex" McIver 2005-2016|
|Job||President, U.S. Enterprises|
Our Diane McIver wiki tells you everything you need to know about the business mogul, how she died, and the man who was the prime suspect in her killing from the very beginning.
Diane McIver Was a Self-Made Millionaire
As far as rags-to-riches stories go, Diane Smith McIver’s isn’t necessarily anything out of the ordinary.
Diane Smith had a modest, middle-class upbringing and her relationship with her mother was volatile from the very beginning. Smith vowed that she would move out of her parents’ house by the age of 18.
In 1973, at the age of 20, Smith started working for Corey Airport Services in Atlanta, Georgia as a telephone operator. Under the tutelage of Billy Corey, her mentor and the owner of the conglomerate Corey Companies, she quickly made her way up the corporate ladder and eventually became the president of U.S. Enterprises.
Through hard work, dedication, and tenacity, Smith managed to amass a small fortune over the course of her career. She had a taste for the finer things in life and this was exemplified through her lavish lifestyle and many expensive belongings.
A self-made millionaire and workaholic, Diane Smith McIver was never afraid to speak her mind. According to friends, she was also extremely generous and would regularly donate funds to various Republican candidates’ campaigns in Atlanta. She also funded the construction and erection of a Blue Lives Matter billboard that was prominently displayed in a popular part of town.
Diane Was Known for Having a Heart of Gold
Many of Smith McIver’s friends and coworkers remember her fondly, stating that she was one of the most generous and fun-loving people they’d ever met. She loved traveling the world, seeing new things, and she would regularly take her closest friends on these trips with her, usually paying for their trips herself.
Although Diane McIver never had any children of her own, she absolutely adored her godchild, Austin Schwall, and would do anything and everything for him. Reportedly, the business woman told many of her close friends that she was planning on leaving everything she owned to Austin, but there was no recently updated will prior to her death to corroborate this.
The only potential piece of evidence the prosecutors in her murder case had to go on in that regard was hearsay and the testimony of some of Smith McIver’s closest friends, including Austin’s mother, Anne Schwall.
On the 10th day of the trial in Diane’s murder case, Anne testified that “[Austin] adored [Diane]. She poured so much love into him and he did the same.” Austin was only 10 years old when his beloved godmother was killed.
By most accounts, she was a renowned pillar of the community and Diane McIver’s death was a tragic loss.
Diane Was Estranged from Her Family
Diane McIver’s cousin, Sandy Shane, claimed that Diane was estranged from most of her family. She had a very turbulent relationship with her mother—to the extent that McIver didn’t speak to her mother at all during the last 15 years of her mother’s life.
When her mother passed away, McIver refused to attend the funeral, telling a neighbor that she “would not shed one single tear.” The cause of this major rift is unknown, but evidently, it was something serious. It’s not a stretch to assume that the clashing of two strong-willed personalities is to blame rather than a massive falling out over a single isolated event or argument.
Either way, McIver was always determined to forge her own path in the world and become a successful career woman…and that’s exactly what she did.
Diane McIver’s Family Life
Diane Smith met Claud “Tex” McIver in 2000. At that time, Smith was a 47-year-old divorcée with no children who was also serving as the executive vice president of Corey Companies, a prominent real estate and advertising company in Atlanta.
The couple met after Smith moved into her luxurious Buckhead condominium. Tex McIver was already a resident in the building and, according to those who knew him, he was mostly focused on his business endeavors rather than getting entangled in another romantic relationship.
After his divorce, he became estranged from his two grown kids and didn’t really have anyone close to him—that is, until he met Diane. Despite being 10 years her senior, the pair started a romantic relationship and it became evident to their friends and loved ones that they were the loves of each other’s lives.
Diane and Tex were married in November 2005.
Diane McIver’s obituary describes the picturesque life of a woman who was adored by pretty much everyone she met. As a testament to that fact, she had 10 godchildren and was always ready and willing to provide emotional, financial, and personal support for her loved ones.
The Bizarre Events That Led to Diane’s Unexpected Death
Diane McIver was shot on September 25, 2016. That night, the couple was on their way back to their shared condo in Buckhead. Diane’s friend, Dani Jo Carter, was with them; she was driving Tex’s SUV.
On their way home, the three of them had stopped at a LongHorn Steakhouse for dinner where Tex and Diane had a few drinks. Carter was the only one who didn’t indulge in an alcoholic beverage, so she became the designated driver. Diane sat in the front passenger seat, while Tex snoozed on and off in the back.
While driving on the I-20, they hit a tremendous amount of gridlock traffic, so the two women decided to get off the highway, taking an exit at Edgewood Avenue, to avoid more traffic. Tex stated that he was uncomfortable with this idea because the area they would have to drive through was a rough neighborhood.
Tex always kept a loaded pistol in the middle compartment of his vehicle and, through a family spokesperson, claimed that he got frightened by people he thought were Black Lives Matter protesters, as well as homeless people and unsavory-looking individuals around the area.
He asked his wife, who was sitting in the passenger seat, to hand over his pistol and she obliged. He kept the pistol hidden in a grocery bag so no one would know what it was. Tex was sitting in the backseat directly behind Diane.
This is where the details of the case get a little murky. Tex claims that he dozed off sometime after Diane handed him the gun and he was apparently holding it with his finger on the trigger. With the gun in his lap, pointed toward Diane and his finger on the trigger, Tex says he was jolted awake by something as the trio neared the popular Piedmont Park. Allegedly, he has no memory of what happened at the exact moment the gun was fired. All he knows is that the gun was in his hand.
According to Carter’s testimony, the car was stopped (likely at a light) when she suddenly heard a loud boom. She didn’t know what it was at first. Then Diane said, “Tex, you shot me.”
Tex maintains that it was an accident. And that’s exactly what was being argued in court.
The argument wasn’t whether or not Tex shot his wife—that part was clear. What the prosecution and Tex’s defense team were tasked with proving was whether Tex intentionally shot the gun and if he had a motive to kill or injure Diane.
Ultimately, Dani Jo Carter and Tex McIver decided to drive Diane to the hospital themselves rather than waiting for paramedics to arrive on the scene, because they thought that would take too long.
At the hospital, Diane was immediately admitted and went into emergency surgery. Unfortunately, she died within a few hours on the operating table, right after she’d explicitly told the doctors that her husband shot her by accident.
An Extremely Convoluted High-Profile Case
Prosecutors argued throughout the ensuing trial that it’s highly unlikely a pistol like the one Tex had in his lap during the time of the shooting would have gone off accidentally on its own without any force. Multiple gun experts were brought in by both the district attorney’s office and the defense team to try to explain to the jury the probability of that gun being fired accidentally at such a precise range to kill someone.
A few suspicious points of contention in the case against Tex came up during the trial. In addition to the unlikelihood of the gun being fired accidentally, prosecutors also argued that, as a seasoned gun owner in a southern city like Atlanta, Tex should have known better than to hold that gun the way he did with the finger on the trigger. A pistol is meant to be fired with intention and the hammer would only be cocked if the shoot