update: Georgia’s Supreme Court on June 30, 2022And ruled that he was entitled to a new trial. . Below is our previous story.
Atlanta – A jury has found a lawyer in Atlanta who has pleaded guilty to serious charges, including the shooting death of his wife. Judges overturned the case of 75-year-old Claude “Tax” McAuley on Monday afternoon.
He was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during a felony and assaulting witnesses. CBS affiliated WGCL report.
He was not convicted of another count of manslaughter.
No one disagreed.But the defense said the shooting was an accident.
Serious murder is punishable by life imprisonment, and it is up to the judge to decide whether to grant parole.
McIver was handcuffed in preparation for his immediate imprisonment. No immediate sentencing date has been announced.
Prosecutors said McIver deliberately killed his wife because he was in dire financial straits and was greedy for money.
McIvers was wealthy and well connected. He was a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Firm and served on the State Election Board. She was president of US Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Corey Airport Services, where she worked for 43 years.
The couple were exploring Ford on the evening of September 25, 2016, when the three returned from a weekend at McAuley’s Horse Farm in Putnam County, about 75 miles east of Atlanta. Diane McIver was in the front passenger seat and Tex McIver was in the back seat behind his wife.
With heavy traffic on the interstate, Carter drove out of central Atlanta. Shortly afterwards, McAuley fired a shot, hitting his wife in the back. Carter was taken to Emory University Hospital, where Diane McAuley died.
In their second marriage, the two were rich when they got married and kept their finances separate.
But with the recent loss of his equity partnership in his law firm, Tex McIver’s income dropped dramatically and he became financially dependent on his wife. Prosecutor Clint Rocker said in his closing remarks that McAuleyAnd it was better to live with the dead.
Defense Attorney Bruce Harvey responded that the state’s case was full of baseless and unfulfilled promises, calling it “an accident in pursuit of purpose.” His co-counsel, Don Samuel, admitted that his client was not perfect but insisted that he loved his wife very much and that it was illogical to think that he would kill her on purpose.