Police detail missing minutes in McNair murder

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 12:37pm

Central to the mystery over the timeline in the Steve McNair murder was the missing 55 minutes between the time police said the bodies of the football star and Sahel "Jenny" Kazemi were found and the first 911 call. The case summary released this week finally accounts for the time lapse.

McNair's friend Carless Wayne Neeley discovered the bodies inside a downtown condo on July 4.

According to police, Neeley arrived at the Lea Avenue condo at 12:40 p.m. Noticing McNair's car parked out front, Neeley knocked on the front door, and entered with his own key after getting no response.

Neeley noticed a male figure on the couch and a female figure on the floor upon entering, police said. Believing the two to be asleep, he entered the kitchen, and upon returning to the main room again saw blood and shell casings on the ground. He picked up a shell casing, put it back and then left the condo.

Neeley later told police he did not recognize the male victim as McNair at the time.

Outside in his car, Neeley tried to call and text McNair and McNair's friend Raymond White. He got no response. Finally, he got in touch with Robert Gaddy at 12:51 p.m. Gaddy told Neeley not to enter the condo again until he arrived on the scene.

Gaddy arrived 15 minutes later, and the two entered. Gaddy recognized McNair as the victim and called 911 at 1:35 p.m. Neeley left the scene before police arrived at 1:39 p.m.

In his car, Neeley called General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland, a longtime friend of Neeley's at 1:47 p.m. He informed the judge he had found an unidentified body shot in the condo and was on his way home. Moreland told Neeley to return to the scene of the crime and inform police of everything he touched in the condo.

Police confirmed the call times by looking at the cell phone records.

The case summary also included transcripts of text messages sent between McNair and Kazemi in the hours preceding their deaths.

Read them in detail at this link.

 

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