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Police Release Steve McNair Case Information


By Ben Hall

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police have closed the Steve McNair murder case and released more than 200 pages detailing their investigation. Police stand by their conclusion that Sahel Kazemi shot Steve McNair then killed herself.  

The case file came on the same day the man who admitted selling Sahel Kazemi the gun used in the murder was sentenced in federal court. 
Case File Information (.pdf)

Adrian Gilliam submitted a video taped statement to the judge in advance of his sentencing hearing. He took responsibility for what he did, and hoped the judge would show him leniency. 

"I hold myself accountable," said Gilliam. 

The judge sentenced Gilliam to 2 1/2 years in prison. As a convicted felon Gilliam should not have even owned a gun. 
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Metro police said Gilliam was one of several people they suspected could have killed Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi early in their investigation, but the scientific evidence points to Kazemi. 

"Our investigation determined clearly that we were looking at a murder suicide, not a double homicide made to look like a murder suicide. It'd be very difficult to emulate something like that if you don't know what you're doing," said detective Pat Postiglione. 

Metro police took questions about the investigation after releasing 275 pages of the case file. 
Case File Information (.pdf)

Some details raise new questions for people who doubt whether the 20-year-old Kazemi could have killed McNair. 

"People say there's no way that she'd be able to do that. No way this little girl would be able to kill somebody like Steve McNair. Well, we've seen situations where people have been able to do amazing things when they set their mind on it," said Postiglione. 
Steve McNair: 1973-2009

The police file shows Gilliam lied about his alibi the night of the murder and had pursued a relationship with Kazemi. The two first met outside a Nashville night club three weeks before and Gilliam called or texted Kazemi more than 200 times. 
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The video Giliam submitted to the court paints him as a family man who had support from his fiancée. 

"Adrian is a wonderful father," said his fiancee. 

Gilliam said he bought the gun to protect his family and sold it for money not knowing what Kazemi would do with it. 

"She had her mind set on killing the man she loved, was deeply in love with and could not live without. She figured if she couldn't have him then nobody would. I'm assuming that's what happened," said Postiglione. 

Police said Gilliam's cell phone indicated he was in the Antioch area at the time they believe McNair was murdered. They said there wasno indication a third person was in the Condo that night. 

Other information in the 275 page police case file includes: 

Police questioned former Titans running back Quinten Ganther about his relationship with Kazemi. He met her while bowling with teammate Chris Johnson at Dave and Busters. Ganther admitted having been to Kazemi's apartment but denied a romantic relationship. 

Kazemi's former roommate told police they also met other players including quarterback Vince Young at Dave and Busters. She said the players invited Kazemi and her roommate back to McNair's Condo, which Young claimed to own. 

Leah Inagni told police McNair's condo was a place where several athletes took girls for parties and sex.

email: bhall@newschannel5.com

Steve McNair: 1973-2009

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