On July 4th, Steve McNair – a former NFL quaterback who played for the Tennessee Titans and an NFL MVP in 2003 – was found dead in his home from multiple gunshot wounds including one to the head. A female, who was tentatively unidentified though was confirmed as not being McNair’s wife, was also found in the home dead. A pistol was found near the bodies.
Statements were later issued including:
Nashville Metro PD spokesman Don Aaron: “When police officers arrived in response to that call, they found two individuals who had been shot to death inside the residence: one female, one male. We now know that the male deceased is Steve McNair. The female deceased has been tentatively identified. We’re working to confirm that and then notify her next of kin.”
Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr.: “We are saddened and shocked to hear the news of Steve McNair’s passing today. He was one of the finest players to play for our organization and one of the most beloved players by our fans. He played with unquestioned heart and leadership and led us to places that we had never reached, including our only Super Bowl. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing.”
The deceased woman was later identified as Sahel Kazemi.
Nashville PD now believe that McNair and Kazemi “had been in a dating relationship” and recent photos of the pair on vacation have been found.
The investigation appears to be leading toward murder/suicide. McNair’s death has been ruled a Homicide, though Kazemi’s death has yet to be classified pending additional investigation.
Legendary music producer Phil Spector, who was found guilty of 2nd degree murder for the death of Lana Clarkson last month, was handed his sentence today and is now scheduled to spend 19 years to life behind bars.
Eric Naposki, a former NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts in the late 1980s, has been charged with one count murder along with ex-girlfriend Nanette Packard McNeal for the 1994 murder of multimillionaire William Francis McLaughlin.
McNeal, who was linked to McLauglin at the time of his death, stood to collect $1 million in life insurance and this montetary gain has long been thought as the motive for McLaughlin’s death. Naposki and McNeal have also long been thought as suspects in the case, but were never charged primarily due to the fact that the 9mm handgun used in the murder was never recovered.
A spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office said that “we feel at this point we have sufficient evidence to prove they were responsible for the death of Mr. McLaughlin,” though they declined to say what that evidence was.
Dolla, a 21-year old rapper from Atlanta GA, was murdered yesterday afternoon when he was shot in the head while shopping at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.
Two suspects allegedly fled the scene after the murder. One of which, identified as Aubery Berry, was later arrested at Los Angeles International Aiport (LAX) in Terminal 1 trying to catch a flight leaving the city. He had a 9 millimeter handgun.
No word yet as to motive for the shooting. No word as to whether Berry has a criminal defense attorney yet, nor has any statements been at this time.
Yesterday William Balfour pleaded not guilty for the murders of members of Jennifer Hudson’s family – Darnell Donerson, Jason Hudson, and Julian King. Balfour was indicted last month for three counts of murder.
The murders are believed by investigators to have happened after Balfour had a fight with his estranged wife Julia, who is Jennifer Hudson’s sister.
Balfour is scheduled for a court date of January 27th, and is currently being held at Illinois Department of Corrections.
Lillo Brancato Jr. Found Guilty
Actor Lillo Brancato Jr, who starred in a few early episodes of The Sopranos and co-starred alongside Robert DeNiro in A Bronx Tale, has been found guilty on charges of attempted burglary.
The criminal case stems back to 2005, when Brancato and his friend Steven Armento broke into a man’s home looking for Valium. Brancato said during his trial that the home’s owner gave them permission to stop by whenever they wanted some pills.
The criminal activity took a tragic turn when during the break-in Daniel Enchautegui, a cop that lived next door, came by to investigate. Armento shot the off-duty cop in the chest, who died at the scene. Enchautegui shot both Brancato and Armento several times before dying. Armento was found guilty of murder in November, and was sentenced to life in prison.
While Brancato was found guilty of attempted burglary, he was acquitted on two other burglary counts and a murder charge. Brancato could face up to 15 years for the attempted burglary charge.
Mark David Chapman
Yesterday Mark David Chapman, who murdered John Lennon on the streets of New York City outside his apartment, was denied parole for the fifth time, and must now serve two more years in Attica before his next parole hearing.
Although the parole board noted that Chapman has had a clean record in the prison since 1994, they stated that his release “would not be in the best interest of the community.”