NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the first time, the man closest to the woman who murdered Steve McNair spoke out. Keith Norfleet was Sahel Kazemi's ex-boyfriend.
Metro police said Kazemi murdered the former Tennessee Titans quarterback on July 4 and then turned the gun on herself.
Norfleet questioned some of those claims, and NewsChannel 5 investigative reporter Ben Hall said Norfleet insisted the police got it wrong.
"Jenny was the love of my life. I loved her with all my heart, and I still love her to this day," said Norfleet.
Norfleet called her Jenny. He met Kazemi in Florida when she was in high school, and he said their relationship was serious from the beginning.
"That's basically the way that it felt, like we were married without the certificate," said Norfleet.
The two moved to Nashville together, but their young relationship began to unravel. She moved out, and Norfleet soon learned she was seeing McNair.
"If you lose your girlfriend, someone that you love, to a celebrity, I mean, of course that's going to strike something, you know, inside of you, and it's going to hurt," said Norfleet.
Norfleet has never accepted the police version of events, that Jenny's life was spinning out of control and in anger she killed McNair, then herself.
"Do you believe in any way shape or form that Jenny, as you knew her, could have killed Steve McNair?" asked Armen Keteyian with CBS News.
"No, no, I don't," answered Norfleet.
Norfleet gave an exclusive interview to CBS News to question the police investigation and confront concerns about whether he was an obsessed ex-boyfriend with a motive for murder.
"I had nothing to do with it whatsoever. If I had any knowledge prior to this that anything like this was going to happen, I would have done anything in my power to have stopped it period," said Norfleet.
There were chilling lyrics in some of the aspiring rappers songs that fueled speculation about Norfleet's role.
The song titled "Closed Casket" talked about putting bullets in both the heads of a cheating couple.
"That song, I completely regret writing it," said Norfleet.
He said it had nothing to do with Kazemi, but was about his brother-in-law who had cheated on his sister.
"When I wrote that it was because I was upset. My sister was really hurt when all that had went down, and I was angry," said Norfleet.
Norfleet said about a week before she died, Kazemi told him she had just broken up with McNair.
Two days before the murder, Kazemi was with Steve McNair when she was arrested for DUI. When McNair left, the police video shows Kazemi calling her old boyfriend for help.
"I need you to come get my car," said Kazemi.
Norfleet recalled, "She sounded upset, really upset. Like you know not mad or angry, but just upset like nervous because I don't think she'd been through anything like that before."
The ex-boyfriend admitted he was upset with McNair. He even sent a tip to the media that McNair had been involved in a DUI arrest, but that was the extent of his anger.
"I never hated him. I still think that he's one of the greatest players of all time. I still think in the public eye, I feel like he was a great person," said Norfleet.
He said police never considered him a suspect and during his interview with police they asked him few questions.
"They set me down, and they said we know you have nothing to do with this. We already know what happened," said Norfleet.
CBS News has been investigating the McNair murder case for the last several months. That investigation is now raising new questions about what happened the night he was murdered.
Newly obtained work records show Sahel Kazemi could not have bought the gun on the day police said she did. Metro police said they stand behind their investigation.
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