An Atlanta jury has found attorney Claud “Tex” McIver guilty of felony murder in the shooting death of his wife Diane in September 2016. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The 75-year-old McIver was acquitted on a charge of malice murder, which would have meant that the shooting death was intentional. Jurors also found McIver guilty on four lesser charges, including aggravated assault. WXIA reports that one of McIver’s friends calls the the jury’s decision “the wrong verdict.” Diane McIver was shot in the back while riding in the front passenger seat of an SUV. Her husband was in the back seat with a loaded revolver in his lap.
National Trial Lawyers member Jose Baez promises “shocking revelations” in his new book about defending NFL star Aaron Hernandez on murder charges, according to the Associated Press. Unnecessary Roughness: The Life and Death of Aaron Hernandez is scheduled for release in August, and publisher Hachette says it will be the “definitive, insider” story on Hernandez, who was found hanging in his cell last April. Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, cooperated with Baez on the book, and has written a foreword. After his death, doctors discovered that Hernandez had the most severe case of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) ever seen in a person his age, according to The Washington Post. Hernandez was 27 and a former tight end for the New England Patriots.