NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A CBS News Investigation is raising questions about how well Sahel Kazemi knew the man who sold her the murder weapon. Police have changed the day Kazemi bought the gun.
NewsChannel 5 Investigative reporter Ben Hall has been working the story. Police said Kazemi knew the man who sold it to her much better than originally thought.
Adrian Gilliam first told police he didn't know Sahel Kazemi that well. Gilliam faces federal prison time for selling a 9 millimeter handgun to Kazemi. Police said she used the gun to kill Steve McNair then herself.
"What the motive was other than a casual exchange between two people, we can only speculate," said U.S. attorney Ed Yarbrough on July 17.
A CBS News Investigation revealed that Gilliam and Kazemi spoke by phone or text more than 200 times in the final weeks of Kazemi's life - including 49 texts or calls on the last day of her life.
"The number of phone calls going on between then indicates there was a greater connection between the two," said defense attorney David Raybin.
Raybin said it would not surprise him if Kazemi bought the gun from someone she knew, and it did not surprise him that Gilliam would initially lie to police about knowing Kazemi.
"He's not going to admit to greater knowledge of her because she just killed Steve McNair," said Raybin.
Gilliam called Kazemi at 12:02 a.m. and talked for three minutes, and that was just about two hours before police said she killed McNair.
Police used what Gilliam told them to help construct the initial timeline of events. He told them he sold Kazemi the gun on Thursday, July 2, but that was wrong. Police now said he sold the gun a day later.
The CBS News investigation raises questions about whether police were too quick to rely on the word of someone with a long criminal history including convictions for second degree murder and aggravated assault.