Was this an accident? It was not the magic accident related in the stories told.
"Bill Crane, a friend of the Atlanta couple acting as a family spokesman, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Claud McIver had retrieved his handgun, a .38-caliber snub-nose revolver, because they were concerned about unrest in Atlanta related to the Black Lives Matter movement and feared of getting carjacked.
Just two days earlier, hundreds of demonstrators staged a march in downtown Atlanta to protest the police shooting deaths of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Crane also told the paper that the revolver was in Mr McIver'a lap when their 2013 Ford Expedition hit a bump in the road and the weapon accidentally discharged, killing Diane."
The revolver was in his lap? Only if magic. The revolver was in his hand resting in his lap? More honest. And he had his finger on the trigger, and probably had the trigger cocked making the revolver a precarious weapon to have in hand. Worse yet, he had the revolver pointed at the back of the seat his wife was riding in. Modern revolves do not accidentally discharge when a car hits a bump absent some, or all of these things happening.
This man should not be handling anything more dangerous than a vaping pen.
Again, following safe gun handling rules is not an option, it is a law, and people who break these laws kill people, and destroy things.
"In an earlier interview with WGCL, Mr Crane had said that the handgun fired as Claud McIver was taking it out of a plastic shopping bag."
How many stories are there? The stories told lead to more questions then answers.
"Atlanta police have been reluctant to release details of the shooting. An incident report that was put out by the department last Wednesday made no mention of any other occupants of the Ford SUV other than the victim.
'This is one of those situations we’re working through very slowly,' police Sgt. Warren Pickard said. 'We want to get it right.'
‘Diane was a vivacious, beautiful, entertaining woman who was a lot of fun to around,’ Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told the station 11Alive.
The sheriff described Tex McIver as distraught and grief-stricken over his wife's death."
Unsafe gun handling, or something more nefarious? Regardless, there is a chance even if there is nothing more nefarious that he will be charged under an accidental manslaughter statute. We shall see.