Metro police called a news conference Friday afternoon to reaffirm its investigation in the deaths of Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi by addressing myths surrounding them.
On the anniversary weekend of the deaths, police said rumors, speculation and gossip devoid of any actual evidence continue to circulate, with one man fanning most of the flames.
Vincent Hill asked a Davidson County grand jury in June to take another look at the case based on questions he had regarding Metro Nashville Police Department’s homicide investigation.
Police called the news conference after Hill appeared on OpenLine, a live call-in show.
“It’s offensive to be honest,” said veteran homicide detective Sgt. Pat Postiglione, who said the questions Hill has raised are common mistakes made by those with little murder investigation experience.
Detective Charles Robinson said it’s about money.
“He’s trying to profit off of McNair’s death.”
Another suspect aspect of Hill’s approach, Postiglione said, is that he’s taking his questions to the public and the grand jury but not the police.
If he did, “We’d sit down and listen to him,” Postiglione said.
Police said the myths include:
Hill said that a pistol registered to McNair was found inside the condominium where the bodies were found, and Kazemi didn’t need to purchase a gun to kill him. According to police, the gun was found in his parked and locked vehicle, and there was no second gun inside the condo.
Police said Robert Gaddy and Adrian Gilliam hadn’t been acquaintances as Hill suggested.
And the keys to McNair’s Lincoln Navigator were found with McNair’s body. They were not missing.
Hill said his claims are from work he’s done with friends and family of the victims.
“Anything I’ve said in this book is not anything I’ve made up. It’s from countless interviews from Steve’s side or friends of Sahel’s.”