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Jovan Belcher drunk during murder-suicide: Autopsy

Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs

Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs Credit: Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs. (Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he killed girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then took his own life last month, according to an autopsy released Monday.

The report showed Belcher had a blood alcohol content of .17 - more than double the .08 level that by Missouri law makes a driver drunk.

Belcher, 25, and a Long Island native, killed Perkins, 22, in the bedroom of their home during an argument on the morning of Dec. 1. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs play, and shot himself in the head.

The autopsy by the Jackson County medical examiner found that Belcher shot Perkins nine times, inflicting wounds to her neck, chest, stomach, legs and hands. She had negligible blood alcohol content, the autopsy showed.

Chiefs officials tried to talk Belcher out of shooting himself. But he put a handgun to his temple and pulled the trigger. He was pronounced dead shortly after reaching the hospital.

Belcher and Perkins, parents of a 3-month-old girl, had a stormy relationship, according to a recent police report.

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