McIver Jr. indicted on lesser hindering, tampering charges
A Tarrant County grand jury has accepted an indictment for a lesser charge against Ed McIver Jr. related to his role in the shooting of Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce, a Burleson resident.
The charge of attempted capital murder was twice declined by a grand jury, most recently Tuesday.
The 21-year-old faces the charge of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence, both felony charges each carrying maximum 10-year sentences.
McIver Jr's father, Ed. R. McIver, was wanted on Parker County warrants and was being pursued March 15 when he exchanged gunfire with officers. Pearce was wounded multiple times. He underwent multiple surgeries and was hospitalized for almost two months before his release.
“McIver was a willing participant in this incident which resulted in the attempted murder of officer Matt Pearce, and he will be prosecuted for his crimes,” Tarrant County Deputy Criminal Division Chief Kevin Rousseau said.
Pearce recently attended "Spirit Night" at the Burleson Police Department in a wheelchair and was wearing bandages on his face. His physical rehabilitation regimen has months to go.
The attempted capital murder indictments may have failed for the difficulty prosecutors have had in establishing McIver Jr. fired any of the shots that struck Pearce.
The grand jury initially declined to indict McIver Jr. June 8 on attempted capital murder and the additional charge of possession of a controlled substance. The second charge was not part of Tuesday's indictment that was declined.
McIver is being held in the Tarrant County jail without a bail set.
Prosecutors will file the case of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence in a Tarrant County criminal court, a press release read. The pretrial hearing date has not yet been set.