McNair Death Was Murder; No Ruling on Murder-Suicide

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2009 5:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nashville police ruled Steve McNair's death a homicide today but kept mum on rumors of murder-suicide, the Tennessean reports. An autopsy revealed that two bullets to the head and two to the chest killed the former NFL star; 20-year-old girlfriend Sahel Kazemi, found dead alongside him, died of one to the head. A semiautomatic weapon was beneath her body.

Police are still putting pieces together. McNair, who was married with four sons, had dated Kazemi for 4 months. The pair co-owned a new Escalade, which she was driving when police charged her with driving under the influence last week. Despite rumors, police say Kazemi apparently was not pregnant. Alcohol or drugs may have played a role, but toxicology tests will take weeks.