St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says Fire Chief Steve Krentel has been cleared in the murder of his wife Nanette, who was found in burned home with a gunshot wound to the head in July. Smith says Steve Krentel was their initial primary person of interest.
"The victim's husband has been cleared," Smith said. "Stephen Krentel has been fully cooperative with this investigation from the beginning."
The St. Tammany Corner officially ruled Nanette Krentel's death as a homicide. Smith does not dispute the ruling, but is concerned about the timing of the announcement, because there's more to determine in this case.
"The intensity of the fire is making this very difficult and a lengthy investigation and detectives are still awaiting lab results and evidence from the scene," Smith said.
Smith says they have worked this case as a homicide since day one and will continue to do so.
"We will do everything in our power to bring justice to Nanette Krentel and closure to the family," Smith said.