Police Respond To CBS Report, Release New Texts

In the wake of yesterday’s report by CBS, calling into question the very notion that Steve McNair was killed by girlfriend Sahel Kazemi, the legal community was abuzz for approximately a couple hours… until the Nashville police released new text messages between the two, which effectively squelched all alternative murder theories… or did they?

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We’ve tried to keep an open mind here, even as the initial and subsequent evidence have pointed to a murder-suicide. As we said yesterday, though, nothing new that’s come out has even suggested that anybody but Kazemi is the killer; today, too, the revelations only change the narrative under which Kazemi killed McNair.

First, the new news from the sheriff’s office, via ESPN.COM:

Text messages show a woman asked former NFL quarterback Steve McNair to transfer $2,000 into her bank account hours before police say she shot him to death, then turned the gun on herself.

Nashville police released the text messages Monday night as part of a case summary and detailed the exchanges between the two hours before the July 4 murder-suicide.

Sahel Kazemi texted McNair on July 3 to say she was so stressed she might have a breakdown and asked for money to pay cell phone bills. One text said she might need to go to a hospital because she could hardly breathe.

Police say texts show McNair had someone transfer the money. The texts also show Kazemi meeting McNair at the Nashville condominium where he was shot. He asked her to leave the front door open for him.

If you click through to the article, the facts bear this assertion out, and we’re still right back where we started, which is “Sahel Kazemi probably killed Steve McNair.” For as much as her friends tried to paint a picture of a stable relationship, the fact is that large changes were taking place in Kazemi’s life in the days leading up to the killing.

And yet, all the same, we still have unanswered questions. For one, why did Kazemi want the money if she was doing nothing with it? Also, for as much of a drama queen as they paint Kazemi, why do none of the text messages indicate any irreconcilable differences between the two?

We’re sticking with our earlier assumption: without a viable alternative theory, there’s no reason to believe Kazemi didn’t pull the trigger. That the law firm across the street from McNair’s loft had a security camera and didn’t see any unnatural movement is a bad sign:

The summary also details how police checked video footage from businesses in the area and found a law firm camera caught the backside of the condo where their bodies were found later July 4. The footage did not show any suspicious activity or departure in the early hours of that morning.

Then again, everything about this case is a bad sign, so whatever.