Nanette's messages to family regarding Bryan's threats begins
Nanette begins sending her family emails about being afraid of Bryan Krentel; her family knew that she was getting guns and cameras out of fear of Bryan
Sibling of Victim
Parent of Victim
Family Member Of Victim
Morning: Steve's affair begins
Steve begins an affair with a coworker; Lori Rando confirmed that Nanette knew about the affair. Nanette's family said she was thinking about leaving him, but Steve later said that they had worked out their marital issues.
Spouse of Victim
Nanette texts Kim about Bryan's specific threats
Nanette texts Kim, telling her that Bryan threatened to set the house on fire, rape her, and kill her and Steve
Nanette emailed her father regarding strange man on property
Nanette emailed her father a photo from their security camera of a strange man who had approached her outside her house. Nanette found a knife and cigarette butts on her property, which she felt was proof that someone else was visiting the property. She told her father that she thought she was being followed.
Person With Information
Evening: Steve notices security system had been deactivated
Steve found that the gate security system at his and Nanette's house had been deactivated, but did not stop to reset them
7:45 AM: Steve left for work
Nanette walked her husband, Steve, out to his car as he was leaving for work
9:11 AM: Nanette arrives home
After Steve left for work, it is thought that Nanette left to get breakfast from a McDonalds drive-thru and returned home at 9:11 AM; surveillance videos show Nanette's car pull into the drive-thru with a driver who looked like Nanette and movement in the vehicle that appeared to be Harley (Nanette's dog). Cell phone tracking confirmed that her cell phone was in the car at the time. Some members of Nanette's family do not believe that she was driving, but it is unclear why.
10:03 AM: Nanette calls Kmart
Nanette called a prescription into the pharmacy at Kmart.
1:30 PM: Nanette placed a call from her cell phone
A call was placed from Nanette's phone; the recipient denied knowing Nanette or Steve and thought it must have been a wrong number.
2:30 PM: 911 call placed
911 call was placed after a neighbor's child noticed the flames while riding their bike in the neighborhood.
Afternoon: Fire department responds
The fire department responded immediately upon receiving the call. The house was fully engulfed by the time the first unit arrived. Contradictory reports of whether Steve and his unit arrived before or after the responding unit.
Afternoon: Fire department put out fire and searched for Nanette
The fire department put out the fire and searched for Nanette in the wreckage. They found her body in the master bedroom, lying face-up on the floor and burned beyond recognition. The remains of the family dog (Chihuahua) were found next to Nanette and the remains of two cats were found elsewhere in the house, all of which were also reportedly shot.
Investigators evaluated house
Investigators evaluated the house and found that accelerant was used to start the fire in at least two places: the master bedroom where Nanette's remains were found, and the living room, where the recorder for the house's security cameras was. The fire was ruled arson. It should be noted that the scene was cleared and released, then resecured five days later (July 19, 2017) when the Sherriff's office found that none of the guns taken from the scene matched the bullet that killed Nanette and they wanted to search again. Investigators also left behind the security camera recorder during the first search.
Morning: Nanette's remains are autopsied
The coroner's office performed two autopsies (the second at the request of Steve Krentel) and ruled Nanette's death a homicide; because there was not any evidence of smoke inhalation, the coroner determined that Nanette must have been killed before the fire started. Nanette had been shot in the right temple, and coroner found a small caliber bullet in Nanette's head (no exit wound; cause of death). The Sherriff's office released a statement that they did not necessaily agree, suggesting that it could have been suicide. Nanette's family sharply disagreed with this suggestion.
The fact that Nanette was shot was released by the media one week after Nanette's death. Her family found out from this media source instead of from the Sherriff's office, creating tension and questions about the Sherriff's transparency in this case.
St. Tammany Parrish Coroner's Office
Autopsy records reviewed and Nanette's skull reconstructed to confirm findings
A review of autopsy records by an independent pathologist (Dr. Thomas Bennett) and a skull reconstruction performed on Nanette's remains to confirm coroner's original findings. These tests were commissioned by Nanette's family. The pathologist agreed that Nanette's death was a homicide because of the lack of smoke inhalation (death is not instantaneous, even with a gunshot to the head; pathologist would have expected soot in her airways if she had set the fires), lack of blistering on her body from the fire (indicating that the fire did not reach her until she was dead), and lack of blood around the body at the scene (pathologist expected a larger amount of blood at the crime scene for a gunshot to the head, suggesting that she may have been moved after she was shot).
Steve cleared of involvement
Sherriff's office cleared Nanette's husband, Steve, of any wrongdoing in this case after Steve provided an "airtight" alibi. Steve also passed a polygraph about the crime, but it is unclear when the polygraph was performed.
Steve returns to work and is investigated for an affair with a coworker
Steve returns to work after Nanette's death and is investigated for his affair with a coworker, among other disciplinary issues; he is ultimately demoted from Acting Fire Chief and retires soon after.
St. Tammany Parrish Sherriff's Office
OIG Agent arrested for sharing investigation details
Agent Jerry Rogers, Office of Inspector General for HUD, was arrested for criminal defamation after sending Nanette's family emails from an anonymous email address, criticizing the way the Sherriff's office was handling the investigation and sharing privileged information about the case. Both the DA and AG refused to charge him, citing unconstitutionality. Agent Rogers filed a civil rights lawsuit against the individual who accused him of criticizing the office.
St. Tammany Fire Department
Records on Nanette's death subpoenaed by DA
The St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomery subpoenaed the complete investigative file from the Sherriff's office regarding Nanette's death. The subpoena stated that the files were required because of differences between reports from the Sherriff's office and the Coroner's office. Sherriff Randy Smith published a letter stating that he was unaware of any differences between the findings of his office and the Coroner. The media has speculated whether the DA brought Nanette's case up again because he is up for re-election and wanted to draw the public's favor.