Police Want To Bury McNair Death Myths - WSMV News 4

Police Want To Bury McNair Death Myths

Updated: July 2, 2010

It's been a year since a Nashville sports hero died a violent death, and in many ways, the court of public opinion can't seem to let the case rest.

Metro police said they want to bury the myths that a former officer is spreading, once and for all. Detectives said they're still confident and comfortable a year later that the deaths of Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi were a murder-suicide. The same scenario they came up with in the days after the deaths.

But they said because of Vincent Hill's accusations, allegations and perpetuation of myths they felt like they had to set the record straight once and for all.

Three of the Metro detectives who worked on the McNair murder case addressed the media Friday, standing behind their theory that McNair was killed by his mistress, Kazemi, who then pulled the trigger on herself.

"Don't you think, knowing this homicide unit as, hopefully, the city does, if we felt it was a double homicide, we'd be out there looking for a killer?" said Sgt. Pat Postiglione.

Hill said he doesn't think so.

"I will never believe that Sahel Kazemi pulled the trigger," he said.

He's written a book about what he calls Metro's faulty investigation, which has prompted detectives to question Hill's motives for his continued criticisms of the case.

"He's trying to profit off of McNair's death, to be honest with you, because he clearly hasn't done any kind of investigation," said Detective Charles Robinson.

Hill denies that.

"The book is self-published. I'm fronting all the costs, production, shipment," he said.

Investigators took the opportunity to answer and discount a number of what they call myths Hill is perpetuating:

They said that McNair's gun was found inside his locked vehicle, not in the condo where the bodies were discovered.

Another myth is that McNair's keys were missing from the condo. Investigators said his keys were attached to his belt loop.

Last month, Hill met with a three-person grand jury panel independent of the Police Department trying to get the case reopened, but failed. He admitted he's not a homicide detective but said all he wants is the truth.

"A lot of people will tell you there are still questions that are unanswered," he said.

Channel 4 News asked again Friday for Metro police to turn over the complete case file and crime scene photos in a controlled environment to members of the media to take a complete independent look at the evidence. Requests were denied.

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