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McNair murder case takes a strange turn

When police in Nashville insisted that Jenny “Sahel” Kazemi pumped four bullets, execution style, into the sleeping body of Steve McNair before then killing herself, plenty of folks were skeptical.

It all came off as too clean and convenient, and it seemed to overlook trivial details like, you know, common sense.

Enter Armen Keteyian of CBS, who has spent three months looking into the situation (we assume he’s been doing other things, too, but the notion that he has been exclusively grinding away on only one story is a lot more impressive, like Jon Gruden going to work every day at 4:00 a.m.), has some stunning new information.

In the wake of the murder-suicide that might have actually been a double murder, suspicions centered on Keith Norfleet, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kazemi, who penned rap lyrics that were interpreted as a possible threat against McNair.

As it turns out, another bit player has assumed a much more central figure.

Kazemi supposedly bought the gun from Adrian Gilliam Jr. in the parking lot of her place of employment.  Police and Gilliam have characterized the transaction as a routine thing, with Gilliam now facing federal charges due to the fact that, as a convicted felon, he is not permitted to own a gun.

Keteyian interviewed Gilliam in prison, and the man who was convicted in 1993 on three counts of armed robbery and one count of second-degree murder claimed that he barely knew Kazemi and that he couldn’t remember her name or how they met.

Per Keteyian, however, Kazemi’s cell phone records demonstrate that she and Gilliam had been in almost daily contact in the weeks preceding Kazemi’s death, with more than 200 calls and text messages exchanged between them.

The day before the July 4 shooting, Kazemi and Gilliam traded 49 calls and text messages.

Gilliam also called Kazemi at 12:02 a.m. on July 4, only a couple of hours before she died.

So while none of this means that Kazemi didn’t pull the trigger on McNair and then herself, the fact that a convicted murderer is lying about his relationship with Kazemi is something that authorities who might prefer an open-and-shut case cannot in good conscience ignore.

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26 Responses to “McNair murder case takes a strange turn”
  1. Midway Monster says: Oct 20, 2009 12:41 PM

    This never happened because there are laws against felons owning and selling firearms. That is what you said Florio. The laws would have prevented this. REMEMBER?

  2. mike says: Oct 20, 2009 12:44 PM

    I know one of the officials who were at the scene and there is a lot of info that has not made the press.
    This story doesn’t surprise me. It’s just a damn shame that this has happened at all. So many people…a whole city and state…feel so let down by this. Very sad ending.

  3. Marty says: Oct 20, 2009 12:57 PM

    Have the Titans won a game since he died and put a curse on the team?

  4. mooremi9 says: Oct 20, 2009 1:09 PM

    McNair was a bad person just like Kirby Puckett but because they smiled for the camera everyone thought they were great people.

  5. onlyhers0503 says: Oct 20, 2009 1:12 PM

    Some of us need to understand that there are ways around the law and a felon can own a gun. No it may not be legal but it is possible. So this theory is 100% possibly true.

  6. Rex Grossman says: Oct 20, 2009 1:12 PM

    Wrong. He ate a candy bar with peanuts in it, when he was fully aware he is highly allergic to nuts.

  7. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Oct 20, 2009 1:21 PM

    How many times must I post this from Get Shorty? One more time:
    “I want you to put a pill in the bro over there. Now I know what you’re thinking: why would I do that? He’s already dead. But they got this test they can do to see if you’ve fired a gun and Harry, I was never here.
    Question: did they ever test Keith Norfleet’s hand for gunpowder residue? Of course not. Though he’s always been the other boyfriend, why question him? No motive, there, right? McNair stole her away from him and she cheated on him. Naw, there’s no guy in the world that might want both of them dead.

  8. Richm2256 says: Oct 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    Follow the link to the CBS story, it’s interesting to say the least. This story didn’t sound right from the get-go. All too neat and tidy. My question is: what possible reason do the Nashville detectives have for NOT doing a thorough investigation here?
    And yesterday there was news evidence that mcNair was didling a second woman (other than his wife). Great guy.

  9. I Used to Hate Favre Guy says: Oct 20, 2009 1:37 PM

    mooremi9 says:
    October 20, 2009 1:09 PM
    McNair was a bad person just like Kirby Puckett but because they smiled for the camera everyone thought they were great people.
    McNair and Puckett were considered great people more for what they did to help people then what they did in their personal life’s. By the way Puckett’s deeds are all alegations, by an ex-wife. He was aquitted of the bathroom fondeling incident. That said, he sent over 45 kids through college, and his donation is still providing scholarship money for kids to go to college. His billiards tournaments raised more than $4 million for Children’s Heartlink, an organization which helps children with heart disease. McNair helped underprivildged youths through donations to the Boys and Girls Club, Helping poor children attend his football camps and raised money and provided supplies to those in need during Katrina.

  10. jgbiggs says: Oct 20, 2009 1:50 PM

    “The day before the July 4 shooting, Kazemi and Williams traded 49 calls and text messages.”
    Who is “Williams?” This person is not named or referenced anywhere else in the article.

  11. Midway Monster says: Oct 20, 2009 1:55 PM

    @onlyhers0503
    Some of us need to understand the word sarcasm.
    Since right after this happened Florio went on her personal crusade to add a slew of new laws to “prevent” this from happening again I figured he should be reminded. Perhaps both of you should open you eyes.

  12. Champ Kind with Sports says: Oct 20, 2009 1:58 PM

    Shouldn’t it be Sahel “Jenny” Kazemi? With quotes on the nickname, rather than the actual name?

  13. scomibord says: Oct 20, 2009 2:11 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, it should have read Gilliam. Gilliam is the person Kazemi bought the gun from. You know, the convicted felon(the one who should not have a gun in his possesion much less sell a gun from said possesion). What sucks is, if that were me I’d be under the jail instead of typing this comment. You gotta love our justice system.

  14. greenie meanie says: Oct 20, 2009 2:21 PM

    “McNair was a bad person just like Kirby Puckett but because they smiled for the camera everyone thought they were great people.”
    Why are you throwing Kirby under this bus? Kirby was a great guy who made some mistakes in life… Let me know when you find somebody that hasn’t made some mistakes.

  15. Honinbo says: Oct 20, 2009 2:21 PM

    One should also remember that its CBS that is doing this story. And CBS has done some crappy (reporting) investigations in the past.
    For example, CBS reported that tasers were not safe, sending the stock price way down. CBS blamed inmate deaths on tasers when the inmates actually had an underling health problem that caused the deaths as stated in their autopsies, but CBS forgot to mention that in their story and then there was that false Dan Rather story about President Bush and his national guard service(4 four cbs employees were fired as scapegoats.)….
    Believe CBS if you want, but I don’t…

  16. Real Football Fan says: Oct 20, 2009 2:27 PM

    yeah, all of us with any common sense smelled the fishy aspects of this case from a mile away. Maybe the nashville police department would like to do their job instead of having their utter incompetence revealed by a news reporter. Politicing is no way to go through life as the entire scenario dreamed up by this police department doesn’t ad up at all from the guy she “bought” the gun from probably being another one of her boinking buddies, to the $2500 in the “broke” woman’s bank account at the time of her murder, to even the contradictory way to the police accounts that she was behaving up until she and McNair were murdered. Not to mention that the night of the DUI when they say she bought the gun wasn’t the night she was missing from work for 2 hours, that happened the night before. Very shotty police work top to bottom, and I’m just glad I don’t live in nashville anymore if that’s their idea of keeping the streets safe from savages walking amongst us civilized people.

  17. hans blix says: Oct 20, 2009 2:34 PM

    Richm2256 asks why the police would not do a thorough investigation.
    The answer is that police are interested in clearing cases rather than “solving” crimes. Obviously, the simplest way to clear this case was to claim double suicide and hope the public and media swallow the story. To be very generous, maybe they have no hard evidence to tie the murder on the actual perpetrator, and they view this story as best solution given the circumstances.
    BTW, stats are kept on individual homicide detectives as well as entire departments, and they are under a political pressure to clear cases.

  18. JetGreeeen says: Oct 20, 2009 2:38 PM

    Clearly McNair would still be alive if he wasn’t such a Ho.
    Another great example for today’s youth.
    JetGreeeen

  19. davyroo says: Oct 20, 2009 2:45 PM

    McNair’s problem was that he wasn’s sleeping with enough women. He needed at least 2 or 3 more, so he could feel good about himself.

  20. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 20, 2009 2:59 PM

    i don’t think adultery warrants murder guys, but that’s just me. mcnair might not have been faithful, but that doesn’t warrant this.
    i am not a conspiracy theorist, but 200 texts from a guy that “sold” her the gun sounds fishy to me. i also never understood how there could be a left-temple entrance wound on her head if she’s right-handed. little things like that are huge flags for me.
    now why the investigation was so “open and shut” for authorities? i have no idea, but they did appear motivated to pawn it off as a murder-suicide while ignoring some basic facts.

  21. Snowman2008 says: Oct 20, 2009 3:12 PM

    The cops conclusion stunk from the get-go. Way too many ifs and could have beens to not investigate further.
    Wouldn’t be at all surprised if McNair was involved in other forms of corruption. Maybe the police were also in on it? McNair became dangerous to both the crooks and the crooked cops. He said too much to his wacky girlfriend so they offed him and her and made it look like she did it. The police then rubber stamped it.
    It took a news reporter to dig up this info? Like I said…don’t be surprised if this is just the beginning of a story that will bring a lot of people down. If I were that reporter I’d be watching my back big time.

  22. VoxVerítas says: Oct 20, 2009 3:49 PM

    Vox did it.
    He was jealous of Kazemi and wanted McNair all to himself.
    Squeal like a piiiig.

  23. Raiders757 says: Oct 20, 2009 6:28 PM

    “Keteyian interviewed Gilliam in prison, and the man who was convicted in 1993 on three counts of armed robbery and one count of second-degree murder claimed that he barely knew Kazemi and that he couldn’t remember her name or how they met.”
    One has to wonder how scum like this was even allowed back out into society.
    I’m sorry, but I am done with this second chance crap. We’ve tried this method for far too long in our country, and the results point to failure. THe best way to reduce crime, is to make harsh examples of those who commit them. If we did things my way, this guy would have never been around to sell this bitch a gun in the first place.

  24. davyroo says: Oct 20, 2009 7:19 PM

    somebody said …
    “i don’t think adultery warrants murder guys, but that’s just me. mcnair might not have been faithful, but that doesn’t warrant this.”
    Well DUH! Of course he should not have been killed, of course it sucks. Lots of husbands mess around and all they get is a few weeks in the dog house when their wives find out. McNair, though, had the poor judgement to get really involved, really intimate, with at least one person who was kind of emotionally unstable. So yet, Steve McNair brought this on himself, and it’s kind of tough to feel that sorry for him.

  25. Deb says: Oct 20, 2009 10:39 PM

    @I Used to Hate Favre Guy …
    Good post. It’s easy to lose sight of the positive things about McNair when you’re reading the sordid details of his death. People always want to paint each other as all good or bad when most of us are shades of both. Apparently McNair was a jerk when it came to women, and one way or another, his bad judgment in that led him to a terrible death. But that doesn’t change the good things he did with his time and his money. That’s the saddest thing about this–maybe if he’d lived, he would have cleaned up his act and his kids would never have known about his dark side.

  26. spellchecker says: Jun 8, 2010 6:30 PM

    When two people get married they are both bringing something to the relationship. The man is the breadwinner and the woman is the homemaker.
    If the man is providing for his family then he is doing what he is supposed to do.
    If you are the wife and do not like it then leave and go get somebody else to support your broke behind.
    If you buy a brand new car that car is fun to ride in for about 3 years. there is always a newer, hotter model coming out. After about 10 years that new car is old and worn out and needs to be traded in or scrapped.

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