McNair case should be reopened, former Metro cop says

Steven McNair scene
McNair and Kazemi's condo on Lea Street near Second Avenue in downtown Nashville.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former Metro police officer will ask a grand jury on Friday to reopen the investigation into the death of former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair.

Vincent Hill has said there is a lack of evidence and the investigation into the murder-suicide of McNair and his 20-year-old mistress Sahel Kazemi was flawed.

Vincent Hill
Vincent Hill resigned from the Metro Police Department in 2006.

The Metro Police Department said it stands by its investigation and conclusion that McNair was shot and killed by Kazemi, who then turned the gun on herself in the early morning hours of July 4, 2009.

“The conclusions were made based on the totality of the evidence found at the condominium, as well as interviews with a variety of individuals,” Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron told News 2 Wednesday.

Hill wants a grand jury to review his complaint and reopen the case.

Nashville attorney David Raybin said even though the case is closed, “the grand jury has the discretion to look at anything that they wish that might bear on a pending matter or even a closed matter.”

Hill resigned from the Metro Police Department “with disciplinary action pending” three years before McNair’s death and was not a detective when he worked there.

According to documents in his file, Hill refused to stop a pursuit, crossing over the county line after being told not to by supervisors.

Since McNair’s death, Hill has written a book entitled “Playbook to a Murder”, where he details his issues with the police department’s investigation.

Whether a grand jury will agree with Hill’s opinion and reopen the case remains to be seen.

Raybin said he feels Metro police were very thorough in their investigation and has seen no evidence to suggest McNair’s death was anything other than a murder-suicide.

“Given the notoriety of the case and the various facts surrounding it, I think they left no stone unturned,” he said Wednesday, but added the grand jury will likely review what Hill has to say.

“I just think they’re looking at it so there’s no questions left on something as serious as that,” he continued.

Hill did not immediately return News 2’s request for comment.

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