Grand jury could decide soon on reopening McNair case

Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:42pm

The former Metro police officer who wants the Steve McNair murder case reopened hopes to get a response from his request to a grand jury soon.

Vincent Hill filed a 30-plus-page request on June 1 and presented more information last Friday during a meeting with three members of the grand jury. In an email to The City Paper on Monday, Hill said he hoped to hear word of the grand jury’s decision as early as that afternoon.

Hill is the author of Playbook to a Murder, a book about the high-profile death of the former Tennessee Titan quarterback on July 4, 2009.

The website for the book suggests that Adrian Gilliam Jr., 34, may have been the one who shot McNair, asserting that an argument may have broken out between McNair and Gilliam at the Lea Avenue Condo where McNair and Sahel Kazemi’s bodies were found. 

Police spokesman Don Aaron sad, “The police department, without reservation, stands by its investigation and the conclusions reached.”

He added, “If there is any type of credible new evidence in a case, the police department will certainly look at it. But I will reiterate the police department without reservation stands by the conclusions drawn from its investigations of this matter. Those conclusions were based on the totality of the evidence and review of that evidence.”

Hill resigned from the Metro Nashville Police Department in 2006 while facing disciplinary action for allegedly disobeying orders to end a police pursuit and then not being honest about his actions, according to police documents.

“They can say what they want about my credibility, but I am not the one who told the world Adrian Gilliam was a perfect stranger who sold Sahel Kazemi a loaded gun, among other things flawed about the case," he said.

Gilliam was sentenced to two and a half years in prison last December for being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Grand jury proceedings aren’t a part of the public record unless the grand jury issues a report.