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Belcher’s autopsy reveals linebacker was legally drunk when he killed Kassandra Perkins, self

Former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs and University of Maine football Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he fatally shot his girlfriend and later himself Dec. 1, according to an autopsy released Jan 14.

The report stated that Belcher’s blood alcohol content was .17, which is more than double the legal driving limit of .08 in Missouri, according to the Bangor Daily News.

On the morning of Dec. 1, Belcher and Kassandra Perkins, the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, got into an argument before Belcher shot Perkins repeatedly. The autopsy revealed that Belcher shot Perkins nine times, with wounds to her neck, chest, stomach, legs and hands. According to the report, Perkins’ blood alcohol results were negligible.

After shooting Perkins, Belcher drove to the Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs play, and was confronted by then general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel who urged Belcher to put the gun down. Once Blecher heard sirens, he ducked behind a parked car and shot himself in the temple. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. Crennel and Pioli are no longer with the Chiefs.

Police questioned Belcher approximately five hours before he killed Perkins, after he was seen asleep in his Bentley with the engine running at another friend’s house. Belcher showed no signs of being drunk and the police did not administer a blood alcohol test.

Belcher assured the officers he wasn’t going to be driving and was eventually let into the house he was camped out in front of.

While at UMaine, Belcher was a football standout and was named a first-team All-American in 2008 while also winning the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year. Belcher was a member of Male Athletes Against Violence at UMaine, which is an extracurricular group that focuses on raising awareness about domestic violence.

However, while at UMaine, Belcher did have a couple incidents involving violence. On April 1, 2006, during his freshman year, Belcher suffered a cut on his hand when he punched out a window on the ground floor of Androscoggin Hall, according to university police Sgt. Scott Curtis. “I was told that Belcher was upset over a girl,” Curtis said, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Ten months later, Belcher was subjected to a noise complaint after a student called the police about yelling between Belcher and a girl, as they had a “discussion outside his room.”