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?
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.
It’s been over three months since the awful story about Steve McNair’s murder first broke, and from virtually the first moment on, all the convenional wisdom has suggested that his illicit girlfriend, Sahel (or “Jenny“) Kazemi had killed McNair before turning the gun on herself.
CBS NEWS, however, seems to think otherwise - or at the very least, seems to think the police’s investigation was a combination of incomplete and inaccurate. And while some questions they raise are a little less convincing than others, the totality of the CBS investigation certainly makes the circumstances of the incident seem a little less plausible than before.
[UPDATE: CBS’s Arman Keteyian says his investigation has prompted “a major breakthrough” in the case. No details, of course.]
Obviously, the details will end up shaking themselves out in the coming days and weeks, but the past 24 hours have seen a confusing mess of conflicting details regarding the murder of Steve McNair and the as-yet-unclassified death of Sahel Kazemi.
Many high profile murder-suicides (if that’s what this is) tend to feature troubled, unhappy relationships and disturbed individuals (think Chris Benoit or Phil & Brynn Hartman). But if Sahel Kazemi’s family is to be believed, nothing could be further from that profile. That leaves one possibility, in the family’s mind: there must have been a third person involved.
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