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Fulton County Superior Chief Judge Robert McBurney (left) and Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall.

As the murder trial of Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver opened its 16th day of testimony last week, presiding Fulton County Superior Chief Judge Robert McBurney cautioned prosecutors about pursuing an “angle” involving a fellow judge.

McBurney’s warning came before the jury was brought in on April 10 and referenced previous testimony mentioning Judge Craig Schwall, who is Tex McIver’s longtime friend. McIver was a member of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Judicial Nominating Commission that recommended Schwall in 2005 and is friends with Schwall’s ex-wife. McIver designated Anne Schwall as the successor executor of a new will he drew up after he fatally shot his wife, Diane, on Sept. 25, 2016.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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