Jovan Belcher Was Drunk at Time of Murder-Suicide

By Sarah Beller 01/14/13

The Kansas City Chief linebacker's BAC was twice the legal limit, today's autopsy reveals.

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Kansas City Chief linebacker Jovan Belcher's blood-alcohol was twice the legal limit when he killed his girlfriend and then himself on December 1st, reveals the autopsy released today. Police reports say Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at the couple's Kansas City home, then drove to the team's practice site and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager. According to the autopsy, Belcher's blood-alcohol level was 0.17, more than double the legal limit for driving in Missouri (.08). It was likely even higher at the time of the shooting. Sources say Belcher had struggled with alcohol abuse and addiction to painkillers following a past head injury. Perkins had almost no alcohol in her system, according to the report, and neither Perkins nor Belcher tested positive for illegal drugs.

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Sarah Beller is a writer and the Executive Director at Filter. She has written about drug policy with a focus on harm reduction for Substance.comThe Fix and Salon. She has worked as a social worker with formerly incarcerated people in New York for a number of years. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’sThe HairpinThe ToastReductressThe Rumpus and other publications. You can find Sarah on Linkedin and Twitter.