Adrian Gilliam Jr Arrested in Connection with the Murder of ex-TN Titan QB Steve McNair (Felon in Possession of a Firearm)


Convicted ex-felon arrested in connection with Steve McNair homicide.

33 year old Adrian Gilliam Jr has been arrested in connection with the murder of former Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair. Adrian Gilliam has been accused of selling the gun used by Sahel Kazemi in the murder of Steve McNair. Gilliam was arrested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco and is facing federal charges of being a convicted felon in the possession of a firearm.

McNair_Adrian Gilliam Jr.

Adrian Gilliam Jr

“This is another example of what can happen with a gun when a felon is selling it on the street with little to no interest other than just selling it for 100 bucks,” said Nashville, Tennessee, Police Chief Ronal Serpas.

Authorities said federal agents traced the gun used in the Fourth of July murder-suicide to Household Pawn in Nashville, which sold it in January 2002.

According to CNN, Gilliam of LaVergne, TN told detectives that on July 2, 2009 he sold the gun for about $100 to Sahel Kazemi outside in the parking lot of Dave & Busters in the middle of her waitress shift. Sahel Kazemi then used the same gun in the murder-suicide of Steve McNair and herself over the 4th of July weekend in a downtown Nashville, TN condo.

According to The Tennessean, the federal gun offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Adrian Gilliam Jr is an ex-con who was arrested in Miami-Dade County, FL in 1993 of armed robbery and second degree murder.

Arrest made in connection with McNair shooting

One has to wonder what, if any type of deal was made by Gilliam with police? He was certainly quick to provide police with the fact that he had committed a crime in selling the gun following the murder-suicide of  McNair and Kazemi. Gilliam must have figured that it was better to cop to the lesser federal charge of possession of a firearm by a felon than a murder charge.

After the deaths of McNair and Kazemi, Gilliam told detectives he purchased the firearm for protection after his previous residence was burglarized. According to the complaint, Nashville Police Department records show Gilliam filed a burglary report in January, 2007. At the time of the interview, he also advised detectives he sold the 9mm pistol to a white female on July 2, which was two days before McNair was fatally shot.

Posted July 17, 2009 by
Arrest, Crime, Murder, Sports | 9 comments

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    9 Responses to “Adrian Gilliam Jr Arrested in Connection with the Murder of ex-TN Titan QB Steve McNair (Felon in Possession of a Firearm)”

    1. PA Mom on July 17th, 2009 9:15 pm

      Sahel Kazemi would have found a gun or whatever to commit this crime one way or another. I’m not saying that Adrian Gillaim Jr. is not without some small guilt in this murder suicide. We must remember that Sahel pulled the trigger not Adrian Gillaim Jr. Our society always blames everyone but the murderer. I guess what I’m saying is that she would have murdered him no matter what weapon she used. This may not be politically correct, but it’s a matter of fact. Sahel is the murderer not Adrian. What a sad and sick state of affairs we live in.

    2. carly on July 17th, 2009 9:50 pm

      Need better gun control laws and bans on assault rifles. There is a related post at
      SM: No we do not need more gun laws, we need to enforce the ones we have and keep felons in prison.

      An assult rifle was not used in the commission of this crime, a 9mm pistol was. Do you want them banned to?


    3. Michelle Smith on July 17th, 2009 10:37 pm

      While, I agree that she would have found a way to murder Mr. McNair whether she had bought the gun from Adrian Gillaim or not but he is a convicted felon and is in violation of his parole for owning & gun and selling this gun to her. There are laws for this kind of thing and as Red stated, these laws need to be enforced and felons should stay in prison. We do not need more gun control. This guy was a felon, he does not abide by the laws. Do you think that better gun control would have prevented him from owning a gun? NO That’s not how it works. Criminals don’t care about the law, that’s why they are called criminals.

    4. Reggie on July 18th, 2009 8:47 am

      What difference does it make? Even if Adrian Gilliam wasn’t an ex-con, he sold the gun and 2 people are dead.
      He wasn’t suppose to have a weapon and maybe that’s why he sold it after owning 18 months. Unfortunately for him, he sold it to someone planning an execution/suicide.

    5. Scared Monkeys on July 18th, 2009 1:37 pm

      It would not matter whether there were 1000 gun laws. As #3 stated above, criminals do not care what laws exist … that is why they are called criminals.

      Please can someone name me a criminal that says, oh gee I can’t break into that store, that’s against the law. Or, i can’t kill that person, that would be wrong.

      Exactly what world do some of you live on, FANTASY LAND?

    6. IMTHELAW on July 18th, 2009 2:24 pm

      This piece of filth needs a good lynching!

    7. Lee on July 18th, 2009 8:34 pm

      Scared: “It would not matter whether there were 1000 gun laws. As #3 stated above, criminals do not care what laws exist …”

      What’s the scoop on the back grond check? Was the pawn shop negligent?

    8. CCharles on August 1st, 2009 5:36 pm

      The ones that have no responsiblty are the ones that make is seem like the laws dont work. Enforce it.

      His, Gilliams, past crimes are 3 second degree murder and and Armed Robbery charge that he was convicted on both, given 2 sentence ran concurrent, giving him 17 years in Florida in 1993. Released in 2002. No answer to his parole questions. No details released on his past crimes. 2 days pirior to the alleged sale of the gun,(june 30th) Gilliam was arrested on a traffic violation for driving under suspension. No info on why his license was suspended, or the rest of his rap sheet.

      Strange case, alot more to it. Alot of inconsistencys.

    9. CCharles on August 1st, 2009 5:39 pm

      If your interested futher, you can check out the comments to the article in the tennessean.

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