Kazemi's gun supplier also interested in her

December 19, 2009|By From Sun news services

A convicted murderer who sold the gun to Steve McNair's mistress that she used to kill the ex- Ravens quarterback and herself was pursuing the young woman romantically.

Adrian Gilliam, 33, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Metropolitan Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said after the hearing that text messages between Gilliam and Sahel Kazemi, 20, showed there was "a desired relationship" with Kazemi.

"The messages that he sent to her clearly indicate he wants to be around her," Aaron said. "He was pursuing her."

In October, CBS News reported Gilliam and Kazemi exchanged more than 200 calls more than three weeks before the murder-suicide, including 49 texts and calls the day before.

Police released a few texts retrieved from Kazemi's phone, and one shows Gilliam asking whether they're going to get together.

Gilliam acknowledged during a court hearing in September that he sold Kazemi a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol for $100. Homicide detective Sgt. Pat Postiglione told reporters at a news conference Friday that Gilliam said he sold Kazemi the gun for her protection because "she talked about some prowlers being in the area."

Police originally said Kazemi met Gilliam while she was trying to sell her car, and then she said she was looking to buy a gun.

After Friday's hearing, Aaron said Gilliam lied to police during an initial interview at his La Vergne, Tenn., home in which his fiancee was present because he did not want her to know about his romantic interest in Kazemi.

Aaron said Gilliam told police that he and Kazemi met outside a downtown Nashville club weeks before the deaths. Aaron said Gilliam was never a suspect in the deaths because there was no evidence he was involved.

"When it all comes down to the science of the crime scene and a detailed analysis of the crime scene, we concluded that she killed him then killed herself," he said.

Police have said Kazemi's life was spinning out of control because of financial and other problems. They said Kazemi sent McNair a text message on July 3 to say she was so stressed she might have a breakdown and asked for $2,000 to pay bills. Texts show McNair had someone transfer the money to her.

Emily Andrews, Kazemi's former roommate, told police that McNair told her he was working on divorcing his wife so he and Kazemi could get married, according to documents also released Friday by Nashville police.

However, Andrews said Kazemi was suspicious that McNair was seeing other women.

Andrews said Kazemi was also seeing other people, including a player from the Tennessee Titans - the franchise where McNair spent 11 years as a quarterback - and a Vanderbilt University football player.

Nevertheless, Postiglione said Kazemi's emotional ties to McNair led to her decision to kill him.

MORE JURISPRUDENCE: Ex- NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been sentenced to more than 31 years in prison for attacking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens.

Phillips, 34, was sentenced Friday in San Diego for assault and other crimes. Phillips told the judge he didn't get a fair trail and he'll appeal.

JETS: Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez will start against Atlanta after missing a game with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Also, linebacker Bart Scott, a former Raven, was fined $5,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness. Scott knocked the helmet off the Buccaneers' Adam Hayward on Sunday.

BROWNS: Former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren considers the opportunity to head the team's football operations "very, very appealing" and plans to give the team his decision "sooner than later."

Holmgren spent two days meeting with Browns owner Randy Lerner earlier this week.

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