Jovan Belcher's blood alcohol content was twice legal limit

12:46 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
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Rachel George, USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he killed Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and committed suicide on the morning of Dec. 1, according to autopsy results released by the Jackson County medical examiner on Monday.

Belcher's blood-alcohol level was .17 when he died, more than double the legal limit. Perkins had almost no alcohol in her system, according to the report, and neither tested positive for illegal drugs.

Belcher, 25, shot Perkins nine times in the neck, chest, abdomen, hip, back, leg and hand, according to the report. Only one gunshot wound to her hand showed "evidence of close range fire." The gunshot wounds punctured Perkins' lung, liver, spleen and kidney.

The medical examiner ruled Belcher's death a suicide and Perkins' death a homicide as Kansas City police and the Jackson County prosecutor's office had done previously.

Belcher fatally shot Perkins with a .40-caliber handgun at the couple's Crysler Avenue home in Kansas City last month before traveling to Chiefs headquarters and turning the gun on himself in front of general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel.

Pioli and Crennel were fired after the Chiefs finished 2-14 this season.

The results of the police investigation, which were made public on Dec. 18, revealed trouble in the relationship between Belcher and Perkins. He had been in a relationship with another woman, Britney Glass, since March.

Belcher spent the last night of his life partying with Glass in the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, according to the previously released police report.

KCPD responded to a 911 call around 3 a.m. CT of a suspicious person sitting in a vehicle outside of Glass' apartment building. They found Belcher asleep inside his Bentley with the engine running.

Belcher told officers he was waiting for his girlfriend, and they told him to call his girlfriend and go inside rather than drive home and risk being arrested for drunken driving.

"The officers said he may have been drinking early in the evening, but he did not appear to be intoxicated," Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp told USA TODAY Sports last month.

According to the police report, Belcher entered the building and knocked on the door of Brittni Dunivan and Shelby Zoellers. He explained that he was waiting for a friend who wasn't answering her phone, and they offered to let him wait for her in their apartment.

The women told police that Belcher "appeared to be intoxicated."

After the women took him to a gas station to get Gatorade, he slept in their apartment until they awoke him. He left around 6:45 a.m.

Belcher returned home and fought with Perkins. Cheryl Shepherd, Belcher's mother, called 911 around 7:50 a.m. to report that her son had shot Perkins.

Belcher and Perkins' parents have both filed legal action to get custody of the couple's now 4-month-old daughter, Zoey. A Missouri court will appoint a lawyer to protect the infant's interests.






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