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TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – For the second time, the man who prosecutors say tried to kill a Fort Worth police officer is back out of jail.
Ed McIver Jr. was freed from jail after prosecutors also dismissed two charges against him – one for drug possession, the other a Theft of Firearm charge. After posting $12,000 bond and being fitted with a GPS ankle monitor, the 21-year-old walked out of the courthouse in a white t-shirt and jeans.
McIver Jr. had initially been charged with Attempted Capital Murder but earlier this week a grand jury declined to indict him on that charge. While still facing the Attempted Capital Murder charge he was able to bond out jail in June, but was rearrested after bond enforcement officers allegedly found drugs at his home.
It was in March when McIver Jr. and his father Ed McIver Sr., who was wanted by U.S. Marshals, were involved in a police chase that ended with a shootout with officers in a wooded Fort Worth field. The gun battle left 42-year-old McIver Sr. dead and Fort Worth Officer Matt Pearce shot seven times.
As prosecutors pursued the more serious charge Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Rousseau said, “McIver (Jr.) was a willing participant in this incident which resulted in the attempted murder.” McIver’s attorney said tests showed his client didn’t fire any of the shots that hit Officer Pearce.
McIver, Jr. now only faces charges for Hindering Apprehension and Tampering with Evidence — both charges carry potential 10-year prison sentences.
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