McNair case summary names ‘other woman’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Among the new information in a 14-page case summary released late Monday on the deaths of former Titans quarterback Steve McNair and girlfriend Sahel Kazemi is the name of a woman who McNair was also dating at the time of his death.

In the days following the July 4 murder, investigators said Kazemi shot and killed McNair and then herself.  Police believe she knew of McNair’s involvement with another woman.

Steve McNair, Sahel Kazemi
McNair with Kazemi on vacation. (Courtesy: TMZ)

The report suggests that woman is Leah Ignagni.

Metro police said Ignagni “confirmed the dating relationship with McNair” and told police two to three weeks prior to his death, she was followed leaving his condo on Lea Avenue by a “female inside a black Cadillac Escalade.”

Kazemi drove a black Escalade.

Ignagni reported the SUV followed her to her apartment in the Gulch, and then in coming weeks, noticed the same vehicle, on several other occasions, parked outside her apartment building or circling the block.

She said McNair came to her apartment two days before his death, in the early morning hours of July 2, the same day Kazemi and McNair were pulled over on Broadway in downtown Nashville and Kazemi arrested for driving under the influence.

Ignagni told police McNair told her his friend named “Jenni” had been arrested for DUI.  Kazemi often went by the name “Jenni.”

Ignagni told police that night, at about 10:30 p.m., McNair returned to her apartment and spent the night.

She said when she awoke the next morning, Friday, July 3, McNair had left, she believed, to go open his restaurant.

McNair was found fatally shot the next day.

It is unusual for Metro police to release case summaries and they did so Monday night just as CBS completed a two-part report, critical of their investigation.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said he had been working to summarize the case for weeks and denied it was a response The Early Show’s report.

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