When Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver appeared at the Atlanta Police Department to talk about how he had fatally shot his wife, he brought two attorneys and his massage therapist with him, a homicide detective testified Friday.
Darrin Smith, the lead homicide detective who investigated Diane McIver’s shooting death, said he began trying to interview McIver early on Sept. 26, 2016—just hours after Diane McIver died at Emory University Hospital.
When McIver arrived at the Atlanta Police Department shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2016, to talk for the first time, he brought along criminal defense attorneys Stephen Maples and Calvin Leipold, and masseuse Annie Anderson, Smith said.
While Maples had a preliminary discussion with detectives about what McIver would likely tell them—including his assertion that McIver simply didn’t remember what happened—McIver waited in the department’s family waiting room with Anderson, Smith recalled.
Smith’s reference to Anderson is the fourth time her name surfaced during McIver’s murder trial over his wife’s death. Anderson is listed on Fulton County prosecutors’ list of prospective witnesses but has not yet testified as the trial closes in on three weeks of testimony.
Witness Rachel Styles—who worked for years for McIver’s wife, Diane, and for U.S. Enterprises where Diane was the president—said she arrived at the McIver condominium within two hours of learning about the shooting.
Styles said Dani Jo Carter, who was driving the McIvers’ Ford Expedition when Tex McIver shot his wife inside the SUV, the McIvers’ housekeeper and Anderson were already there.
She said that both she and Anderson spent that night at the condo. “I slept on the sofa in the living room,” she said. Anderson, she said, slept on a pallet on the floor of Tex McIver’s bedroom when he went to sleep that night.
Styles described Anderson as “a good friend with Tex and Diane.” Anderson, she said, was married to a personal trainer who was also friends with the McIvers.
Styles said she never saw any evidence of bedding on the floor of McIver’s bedroom when Anderson spent the night. But she also described McIver as “a very honorable, trustworthy man.”
Carter has also testified that Anderson was at McIver’s condo within hours of Diane McIver’s death and that she had witnessed Anderson giving McIver a massage in his bedroom.
Anderson also turned up at the McIver’s ranch later that week, according to witness Jay Grover, an executive at U.S. Enterprises.
Grover testified that, when he arrived at the ranch, he was greeted by McIver and Anderson. Anderson was wearing a pair of Western-style rain boots he and his fiancee gave Diane McIver as a gift, Grover recalled.
There was one detail about Anderson the jury didn’t hear based on a ruling from Judge Robert McBurney following objections by McIver’s defense team. Prosecutors and the defense said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, a longtime friend of McIver’s, told McIver he needed to get Anderson “out of here” because “it didn’t look good” having her at the ranch so soon after his wife’s death.