McNair's Wife Disputes Book's Claims - WSMV News 4

McNair's Wife Disputes Book's Claims

Updated: July 7, 2010

Police released their case files Tuesday on new interviews with key figures in the Steve McNair murder-suicide case. Former Tennessee Titan McNair's wife, Mechelle, was among those questioned again after a former Metro officer wrote a book claiming police botched the case.

Vincent Hill made several claims in his book, including that witnesses' stories didn't add up and that police didn't follow up on leads. He also said he talked to Mechelle McNair about money charged to Steve McNair's credit card after he was killed.

In response to Channel 4's story, Hill said he never claimed to have talked to Mechelle McNair.

On May 27, police interviewed Mechelle McNair again by phone about her husband's death. The main reason for their call was claims made by Hill that $17,000 was charged at Sam's Club to Steve McNair's credit card several days after his death.

Mechelle told investigators that while she was at first concerned by charges made on her husband's card, she never filed a police report, like Hill claimed in his book. She said she learned charges were made on McNair's business credit card for his restaurant, Gridiron 9. After checking with the managing bank, she learned only $1,100 was spent, not $17,000 as Hill claimed.

But Hill said he never mentioned the $17,000 in his book. He said it was mentioned by someone else in grand jury testimony.

The bank first disputed the charges but got denied because the cardholders were authorized users of McNair's business credit card; they had McNair's four-digit PIN. Bank records confirm the charges were spent on gas and products at Sam's Club by Steve McNair's business partners.

Mechelle McNair later told police she believed her husband's partners, Robert Gaddy and Raymond White, both had their own copies of Steve McNair's business card.

Investigators also talked to Mechelle about McNair's son by another woman. The boy went to Nashville soon after his dad's death. Mechelle said she spoke with him about why he was there, and he told her at the time it was simply to sightsee. She later saw him on Channel 4 News, talking about the case.

"Yeah, I really did want to go in," Steve McNair Jr. said. "I wanted to see what the police were talking about and how he was sitting. I want to see everything. I want to see all the details. I wish I could have been here to see his body, but I couldn't. Just a lot of things I want answers to."

Hill also raised a question about McNair's missing car keys. Mechelle McNair acknowledged in her interview that the keys were with Steve McNair's clothes at the medical examiner's office. She had a spare key brought to the scene of the crime so that police could finish their investigation.

Hill presented all of his findings to a panel of the grand jury, but they refused to reopen the case.

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