Police video shows Jovan Belcher before murder-suicide
Recently released Kansas City police footage shows cops finding Jovan Belcher asleep in his car outside an apartment building in the early morning hours before he fatally shot his girlfriend and killed himself.
In the 10-minute dashboard camera video, recorded about 3 a.m. Dec. 1, the day of the murder-suicide, and released Friday, police shine a flashlight into a black Bentley to wake Belcher.
Three officers are seen and heard urging the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker to go into the building on East Armour Boulevard, to the home of a woman he apparently knows, and refrain from driving the rest of the night.
"You know you got a lot riding on this, and you know you got a lot to lose," one cop tells Belcher.
The cops are seen earlier taking Belcher's ID.
"Jovan Belcher," one cop says as another chuckles. "Brand-new Bentley," he says of Belcher's car.
Belcher appears to cooperate with police. He is not seen stumbling, but police try to keep him from getting back behind the wheel.
"You just need to go upstairs," an officer says. "We're trying to cut you a break here."
No field sobriety tests are seen being performed in the footage.
Kansas City police earlier in the week said Belcher was partying the night before the shootings. A 911 call was received about 2:50 a.m., reporting a suspicious car on East Armour Boulevard with a man inside, police had said.
"They said they could tell he'd been drinking," police spokesman Darrin Sapp said Tuesday.
Police Capt. Steve Young on Friday told the Kansas City Star there was "no cause for a field test" and no reason to detain Belcher in those hours before the murder-suicide. "The responding officers did not smell any alcohol," he said. "As you can see, there is no stumbling, there is no slurring."Kansas City police could not be immediately reached yesterday for additional comment.
About five hours after police and Belcher parted ways outside the East Armour Boulevard building, Belcher, 25, a West Babylon native, killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, 22, in their Independence, Mo., home and then shot himself in front of three team officials at Arrowhead Stadium, authorities said. The couple leave behind a 3-month-old daughter, who is to be raised in West Babylon by Belcher's mother.
With Kevin Deutsch and AP